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Kristopher Kostenko DDS - Estacada Dental March 2020 Newsletter Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
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How Teeth Change As We Age
As we go from infants and toddlers to adults, our teeth go through obvious changes. The baby teeth come out and permanent teeth grow in, and eventually, the wisdom teeth emerge. However, those are not the only changes our teeth go through as we age. Going from young adults to elderly changes our teeth as well. Some of these changes take place on the tooth-level, while others take place at the gum or even bone-level.

Aging leaves us facing weaker enamel and makes it to where we are more susceptible to developing cavities and deeper levels of tooth decay. Our gums naturally recede some as we get older, plus our jawbone begins to lose some of its strength. Over time, we go from having super-strong bones to bones that become more porous and start to look like a sponge on a microscopic level. This naturally takes place with time, but by keeping up with our oral health, we can delay how quickly these changes happen to some degree. However, if you neglect your oral health or oral hygiene, this will happen more rapidly than you may be ready for.

If you want help keeping your teeth strong and healthy as you get older, then make sure to keep up with coming to our office every 6 months. Plus, if you notice an issue between regular visits, call us to and schedule a time to have a look. We can then see what is going on and set up a treatment to help if necessary.

Things That Are Eating Away at the Enamel of Your Teeth
Your teeth are always susceptible to damage, but this risk rises exponentially when you consume a lot of acidic foods or beverages. Acids are one of the most dangerous substances the enamel of your teeth can face. It comes from the foods you eat, the beverages you drink, and from the bacteria naturally living in your mouth. Aside from acids, there are also other problems that can ruin the enamel of your teeth. Simply brushing too hard can remove small bits of the enamel from your teeth. The same goes with brushing too soon after eating, since you need to restore your pH before you brush.

Do You Have Weak Tooth Enamel?
Would you be able to recognize if you had weak enamel? Aside from coming in for regular checkups where we would let you know if we recognized this issue, you could also tell with a few simple tips. First, if you notice your teeth recently became sensitive to temperature changes, it could be due to weak enamel. Weaker teeth often chip or crack more than strong teeth. You may also notice that your teeth change color slightly. They may become yellow or a bit translucent. If you notice these changes, call us to schedule an examination.


Kristopher Kostenko DDS - Estacada Dental | | 503-630-4211
103 SW Highway 224, Suite A, Estacada, OR 97023



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