How Age Affects Your Teeth

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How Age Affects Your Teeth

Have you heard that you should expect to lose your teeth as you age? Fortunately, this isn’t entirely true. In fact, would you be surprised to hear that your teeth actually won’t weaken on their own? Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

For instance, did you know that grinding your teeth or chewing on objects you shouldn’t chew on—such as ice, pens, and pencils—could weaken your pearly whites? Sadly, doing any of these things can weaken your enamel, which may leave you more vulnerable to tooth loss. Following a poor diet can have the same effect.

You should also remember to stay hydrated. You see, you’ll be more likely to be dehydrated as you age. Similarly, certain medications can lead to a condition known as dry mouth. This is a fairly serious problem because if you aren’t hydrated, you could have tooth decay or gum disease. To make matters worse, if you have gum disease, the connectives tissues that keep your teeth in place could actually be damaged, making you more likely to lose a tooth. You can usually avoid gum disease—and a number of other issues—if you brush and floss your teeth regularly.

Of course, other issues—such as trauma and illnesses—could lead to tooth loss. If you’re interested in learning more about keeping your teeth healthy in San Marcos, California, please don’t hesitate to give McBride Dental a call at 760-471-1003. Our dentist, Dr. Michael McBride, will be happy to examine your teeth and help you keep your pearly whites healthy.

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