Something you are NOT doing could be causing early facial aging. Untreated dental problems can have dire consequences on oral and over all health, and can also contribute to rapid facial aging. A more youthful and defined jaw line gives you a more attractive face! Loosing a tooth--whether from trauma or an extraction-causes bone loss in the surrounding area. And advanced gum disease can gradually reshape your jawbone as well! Anything that accelerates bone loss can make you look older much faster.
This should show you the importance of being proactive. When it comes to your smile, the two major "agers" are decay and gum disease. Both can be prevented through proper daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular dental cleaning and routine dental exams.
No One Wants Tooth Decay:
No filling or crown is permanent; they all will likely need replacing over time. Failure to replace your older fillings and crowns can result in new decay, jaw infection, root canals and even tooth extractions. Tooth decay and tooth loss start the downward spiral that does not only lead to serious health issues but also to premature face aging.
Preserve That Youthful Glow
Don't skimp on oral hygiene or postpone your dental treatment .Periodontitis can damage the jawbones that hold your teeth in place leading to tooth loss. The gum infection can cause your gums to recede. Receding gums can make your teeth appear longer, hence, the phrase often used to describe aging "long in the tooth". In time the loss of jawbone support results in caved in facial muscles which contributes sagging facial skin where bone use to be. Excessive bone loss also limits your choices of tooth replacement.
How To Prevent Facial Collapse---Due To Bone Loss
We now know that bone loss can result in facial changes. Too many people attribute facial changes to the normal aging process when in fact some of those changes are a bye-product of dental disease. For example the gradual collapse of bone structure can decrease your facial height. Over time , as jaw volume decrease, your chin may gradually rotate forward and upward. Your natural "cupids bow smile" my loose its shape causing your lip line to straighten. You can appear unhappy when your mouth is at rest. With bone loss tissue can sag long the lower jaw producing jowls.
Studies have shown that bone loss in the jaw and cheeks ages people in ways that even plastic surgery can fix! We all want to look our best . and we all want to save our teeth. To do so we need to brush, floss and have regular dental exams!