1. Stained and darker teeth

As we age our teeth do get a bit darker naturally, but there are certain things that can speed up the staining of your teeth. The most obvious cause of teeth staining is smoking,  Tea, coffee, wine, berries, fruit juice, cola, soy sauce and cola can also stain your teeth over time. Drinking a glass of water after eating or drinking something that stains your teeth and use of a straw is recommended.

  1. Enamel erosion and sensitivity

As we age, the enamel of our teeth wears down, leaving them worn and making us look physically older. You can wear teeth down quickly by over brushing and if you brush them badly you can abrade them. This is when the tooth’s outer covering, the enamel, has worn away.

Acidic foods and drinks, such as lemon juice, cherries, wine, sports drinks, tonic water and fizzy drinks, including diet soda, can soften the enamel, so if you brush your teeth straight after having these, you can wear the enamel down. Teeth grinding whilst sleeping can also wear down your teeth and make them older before their time. Invest in a mouth guard, which will protect them.

  1. Receding gums

If you’re over brushing then you could be receding your gums at a faster rate which can make the teeth appear longer. Over time gums do lose their plumpness and shrink back naturally – but why speed up this process and make your mouth appear older than it is?

Tips for keeping your mouth youthful

  • Brushing teeth twice daily in a gentle circular motion at a 45° angle to reach all of the tooth and gums is recommended. It is also highly advised to visit your hygienist every 3 to 6 months.
  • Use a good fluoride toothpaste. Even toothpaste ingredients can cause your mouth to dry out, especially if it contains sodium lauryl sulphate, the chemical term for soap which is used in many toothpaste formulations instead look for oxygenating formulas as they do not include any alcohol or detergents and have been proven to naturally stimulate saliva.
  • Brush with a medium/soft toothbrush or consider investing in an electric toothbrush as these can be far more effective at removing plaque.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth as moist as possible