Your Teeth – Healthy and Bright at Any Age!
Let’s start at the beginning, did you know you start growing teeth as a fetus? And that good nutrition from the Mother helps those teeth off to a good start? There are four main stages of the developing tooth.
- The first stage begins in the fetus at about six weeks of age. This is when the basic substance of the tooth forms.
- Next, the hard tissue that surrounds the teeth is formed, around three to four months of gestation.
- After the child is born, the next stage occurs when the tooth actually protrudes through the gum.
- Finally, there is the loss of the primary “baby” teeth.
At age six or seven, the first adult (or permanent) teeth come in. They are known as the “first molars,” or the “six-year molars.” They come in at the back of the mouth, behind the last baby (or primary) teeth. They do not replace any primary teeth.
Also at around age six, children start to lose their primary teeth. The roots slowly get weak, and the tooth falls out. Children lose primary teeth until they are about 12 years old.
So now you are left with these beautiful pearly whites for the rest of your life right? These pearly whites will only stay as strong and beautiful as you treat them. This does not only include brushing and flossing but also refraining from bad habits that can cause trouble to your teeth and gums. A few of these include:
- Nail Biting
- Clenching and Grinding
- Using Our Teeth as Tools
- Constant Snacking
- Chewing Ice
Steer clear of these habits that can harm your teeth, your teeth will thank you. One of our motto’s at Chinook Mall Family Dental Clinic is- The single most important thing you can do to keep your teeth healthy later is to care for them now.
As we age, the nerves in our teeth often get smaller. With smaller nerves, teeth are less sensitive. That means that elderly adults are less likely to feel problems such as tooth decay, thus giving cavities a chance to progress. Increased risk of tooth loss and gum disease. Be mindful of damaging your enamel, keeping gum disease in check, and keeping receding gums in check.
- Darkened teeth: Expect changes to dentin and a lifetime of stain-causing food and drink to finally show your teeth’s age.
- Diminished taste: Medications, diseases, and other effects of aging can and will make changes in the way things taste.
- Dry mouth: Reduced saliva can be a factor in certain medical conditions including diabetes and cancer treatments. It’s also normal as you age to see a drop in saliva, which can lead to other dental issues.
- Root decay: Tooth decay isn’t exactly a new problem, but it gets more difficult to manage as you get older. Especially if you don’t take care of your teeth when you’re young.
- Gum disease: Plaque buildup can lead to decay and receding gums. Eventually it will lead to loose teeth which means…
- Tooth loss: If you don’t take care of your teeth, you will lose them – guaranteed.
With the proper care and healthy daily routines your smile can be its best as you age. A greater number of older adults are now able to keep their natural teeth for a longer period of time. It’s so much easier to smile, laugh and enjoy your golden years when your teeth and gums feel good. Visit us at our Chinook Mall Dental Office and keep your mouth looking and feeling younger than its years!