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Explains How to Maintain a Bright Healthy Smile as You Age

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We are all aware, that along with age comes changes in the body and overall health.  However, many are not aware that teeth are also affected by the passing of years.  Maybe you’ve found that it becomes more and more difficult to keep your teeth sparkling and white as the years pass.  Even though most patients follow the same brushing and flossing routine throughout life, they may no longer have the same bright and youthful smile.  Even over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are not producing the same desired results.

At our General Dentist Slidell, Louisiana practice, we find that most patients do not understand why the smile has changed from bright to dull.  A number of reasons exist as to why dental enamel changes in appearance and becomes harder to whiten over the years.  Environmental factors play a part, but it’s mostly due to the standard aging process.  

Patients may remove some stains on the surface of the dental enamel with proper brushing and flossing.  These stains are caused by tarnishing foods and beverages such as blueberries, soda, coffee, tea, and red wine which are notorious for staining the surface of the teeth.  It’s important to note, that the use of tobacco products will expressly make enamel dark, dull, and discolored.  When these stains are somewhat new, they are easy to remove or bleach away.  However, it is important to remember that they will eventually sink into the porous enamel making them almost impossible to remove.

The youth are able to enjoy the benefits of a mouth full of teeth covered with a thick layer of white dental enamel.  This enamel naturally hides the inner core of the tooth.  As we age, this white enamel begins to wear away which will reveal more and more of the dentin under the surface.  Dentin is darker and yellower than enamel so older teeth are not as bright as younger teeth.

There are many tooth whitening options available which can be tailored to  meet the individual needs of patients.  These options depend on the extent of discoloration, the time frame in which patients would like to see results, and the overall cosmetic goals.  Professional teeth bleaching treatments designed to lighten dull teeth while utilizing a solution of hydrogen peroxide are popular among patients.  Another popular option for patients with extensive or resistant staining is dental veneers.  Dental veneers will completely resurface enamel using thin shells of porcelain.  

It’s impossible to remove all tooth stains.  It’s only natural for teeth to lose some of their sparkle and shine over the years due to environmental and biological factors.  The good news is that modern dentistry will restore the smile back to a bright, white, and youthful state.  Don’t hesitate to call the Dental Clinic Slidell, Louisiana, to learn more about the right tooth whitening option for you.  

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