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Sudbury MA Dentist Talks Aging, Your Tooth, and the Fountain of Youth

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

aging your tooth and the fountain of youth imageSociety places a premium on the ability to retain one’s youthful appearance in spite of advancing years, with some of us aging more gracefully than others.

What causes a person to appear older than his or her years?

We inject dermal fillers to counter wrinkles, dye our hair to cover touches of gray, and slather on skincare products to achieve a youthful glow.

At the office of Sudbury, MA Dentist Dr. Janice Spada, we remind our patients that teeth and gums can show signs of aging, too.

An active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Spada provides smile-enhancing services that betray nothing of your age.

The Timeless Appeal of a Beautiful Smile

As we age, our teeth become naturally darker or slightly yellowed. This explains why young and middle-aged adults appear prematurely older when their teeth turn yellow from smoking, poor oral hygiene, or consuming excessive coffee, tea, or soda.

If your teeth have yellow or brown stains, you may benefit from teeth whitening treatment in our Sudbury dentist office. Dr. Spada notes that bleaching does not address teeth that appear darker due to the tooth becoming non-vital or the use of certain antibiotics.

Fortunately, dental bonding and porcelain veneers offer coverage for stubborn stains.

Beauty Is Nothing Without Health

Oral health issues that suggest premature aging aren’t always cosmetic in nature. Restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are perfect complements, ensuring that teeth function as well as they look.

Take periodontal disease, for example. Receding gums, a symptom of gum disease, cause teeth to appear longer, hence the idiom “long in the tooth,” which we use to describe something past its prime. This makes you look older, and it also indicates a serious problem with your oral health. Left untreated, periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and loss of bone in your jaw.

Nearly three-fourths of American adults are missing at least one tooth, and more than 20% of adults over the age of 74 have no remaining teeth at all.

People take it for granted that losing teeth is a natural effect of the aging process, but this isn’t true. Dr. Spada points out that tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontal disease.

Few issues impact the appearance of your smile like missing teeth. You may feel embarrassed and self-conscious when you speak.

When you’ve lost a tooth, the rest of your teeth are subjected to more pressure and strain than they are designed to withstand. They become easily chipped and fractured, necessitating extensive restorative dentistry such as dental crowns or root canal treatments.

Dr. Spada recommends replacing lost teeth with dental implants, dentures, or dental bridges.

A smile is lovely at any age. To learn more about cosmetic and restorative dentistry near Boston, MA, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Janice Spada, contact our office at (978) 443-3111. We welcome patients of all ages living in Sudbury, Framingham, Worcester, Marlborough, and the nearby Boston suburbs. 

Topics: Dentist Sudbury MA, Cosmetic Dentistry, Healthy Smile

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