Key to wearing well whatever your age
TOOTH WEAR is no respecter of age; in fact, it is increasing across the UK among both the young and the old. But why does it matter? After all, it is a natural part of ageing. True — but lifestyle can accelerate and exacerbate this process. The result may be tooth sensitivity and an unsightly smile due to teeth becoming short and unattractive, while rough tooth edges can harm the lips, tongue and inside of the cheeks.
More than three-quarters of adults and more than half of children show signs of tooth wear.
What is more, sadly, 35 per cent of 12-year-olds and 28 per cent of 15-yearolds are too embarrassed to smile or laugh due to the condition of their teeth.
Without doubt, tooth wear has the potential to affect a person’s self-esteem for life. And that is not something any of us want for ourselves or for our children.
What can be done to minimise and prevent tooth wear that might otherwise require expensive and extensive dental treatment further down the line? Particularly common among children and young adults, tooth erosion is caused by consuming acidic foods and drinks; the acid attacks the outer surface of the teeth.
Culprits include fruit juices, smoothies, sports beverages and fizzy drinks (including sugar-free).
Where possible, drink still water or low-fat milk between meals, lim-