5 Important Facts about Aging Teeth

Teeth are amazing, giving humans the ability to eat a wide variety of foods, and with the proper care, lasting our entire lives. In the Triangle, family dentist Dr. E. Scott Saltzman provides dental treatment to everyone. Dr. Saltzman and the staff at E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are experienced in serving the needs of the youngest patients, who may be just getting their baby teeth, all the way to the most senior adults, with their unique dental health needs. Just like the rest of the body, teeth and gums change with age and require treatment designed for different stages of life.

Here are five important, yet little-known facts about stages of life and your smile:

  • Baby teeth: Tucking a lost baby tooth under a child’s pillow in exchange for money from the Tooth Fairy is a popular tradition. Did you know that some people retain baby teeth into adulthood? If no adult tooth forms in the jaw, there is nothing to push the baby tooth out and it remains in place, possibly for a lifetime. Called hypodontia, this condition is more common in females than males.
  • Children and teens: Baby teeth begin falling out around the age of 6. A child probably won’t have lost all baby teeth until about 12 years old. By 13 years old, most children should have 28 adult teeth with the second molars being the last ones in place. It’s important for children to receive regular dental cleanings to keep these permanent teeth free of decay.
  • Young adults: Between the ages of 17 and 21, most young adults will get their third molars or “wisdom teeth.” Depending on the shape and size of the mouth, some patients may need to have wisdom teeth removed. Not all wisdom teeth make it to the surface, either because they are blocked by other molars or are angled sideways instead of vertically.
  • Color: Tooth color can change with age. Yellowing and brown staining can be caused by certain foods and drinks such as coffee and tea. The constant use of teeth for biting and chewing also wears down the enamel, which show up as flat, darker areas on the biting surfaces of the incisors.
  • Enamel: With age and use, the outer enamel layer of teeth gets thinner while the yellowish dentin layer underneath grows thicker. This make teeth appear darker and less translucent.

No matter what stage of life, the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is ready to give you the brightest and healthiest smile possible. Call today to schedule an appointment. 

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Cary, NC 27513

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