As we age, our bodies go through a wide array of transformations. The hair starts getting grey, our collagen production is reduced which eventually leads to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin, and we also begin to lose our hair and our mobility. Although aging is natural and inevitable, losing our teeth once we grow old is not natural!
Here are some of the reasons behind the process and how to prevent this phenomenon that affects over 30% of the total American population.
Why do we have two sets of teeth?
We start growing our first set of teeth around the age of 8-9 months and, by the age of 10-12 years, we’d already lost most of our “baby teeth.”
Primary teeth or baby teeth are important because they offer the foundation for our second set of teeth, the ones that we will be stuck with for the rest of our lives, if we’re lucky. Baby teeth help “set the ground” by developing the oral cavity and making the necessary space to grow our second set of teeth.
The root of a baby tooth is not as strong as the one of a permanent tooth but it provides a place to grow and pass through the gums. As we age and our body develops, our jaws increase in size as well, creating more space, which will determine the baby tooth to loosen and eventually fall out.
The second set of teeth is stronger and more powerful but, because of bad genetics and poor health care, we can start losing them since the earliest stages of adulthood. Here are the main reasons why we have dental problems.
Although strong, our teeth were not designed to grind, crack nuts or act as beer openers. In time, the protective enamel layer will become thinner, causing teeth to chip, crack, and fall.
There are various health conditions and diseases that trigger dental problems and patients suffering from them should pay more attention to their oral hygiene. Diabetes and cancer are some of the most dangerous diseases that will also affect your cavities. People who suffer from diabetes heal slower, which means that open wounds will have more chances to catch bacteria and cause infections.
Gum disease or periodontitis is the number one cause in adult tooth loss and can be prevented through a complete oral hygiene, including regular visits to the dentist.
Substance abuse and poor eating habits
People who smoke, take drugs, drink alcohol or excessive amounts of caffeine are up to 90% more prone to develop gum problems and caries. Similarly, those who base most of their diets on sodas and fast foods will also lose their teeth sooner.