Anti-Aging Dentistry: The Contemporary Non-Invasive Modality For The Aging Population

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The human body, despite its complex architecture, is not immune to the sting of degradation. Scientifically speaking, anything that is subjected to continuous use is bound to wear and tear. For example, the bones can lose their porous structure, joints can be overpowered by friction, and the skin can lose its elasticity. Consequently, the hype in searching for solutions to slow down (if not to stop) the aging process continues to be a boiling topic in the medical and dental industry.

When a person hits as early as the second decade of life, signs of aging start to penetrate the body and insidiously come out at a later time when the problem is relatively alarming enough for the person to feel physically unattractive. Unfortunately, it is at the face that these signs are most obvious. Noticeable changes include wrinkles at the side of the eyes and around the lips, sagging face, and turkey neck, among others.

Previous solutions have revolved around surgeries, needles, lifting and filling. But today’s advances prove that aging is largely attributed to oral tissues. Daily activities such as eating and talking as well as the tendency to clench and grind play a major contributing factor to disruption of the equilibrium of face and upper airway.

anti-aging dentistryToday we have anti-aging dentistry growing in popularity. The principle behind anti-aging dentistry is to treat the aging face by making teeth longer with the use of porcelain veneers and crowns. It was found out through various studies that as people age, the teeth become shorter. Lengthening teeth can lift the lower part of the face which in turn reduces wrinkling and sagging. It poses risk both physically and physiologically, not to mention the person’s perception of his image as he ages.

Aside from affecting personal appearance and self-esteem, what is of more concern to the medical field is that shorter teeth and bad bite not only disrupt the structure of the face but also put the person at risk for insomnia, indigestion, and snoring.

It is because the airway gets smaller as the teeth become shorter and when the bite position loses its maximum grip. This is the reason why snoring accompanies aging. As a result, one may not be able to sleep well as a result of decreased oxygen in the body. This is also the reason why one wakes up several times during the night.

In terms of digestion, shorter teeth predispose an individual to unproductive chewing which can lead to indigestion. Inefficient digestion can affect the body’s mechanism for absorption of nutrients and the utilization of these nutrients by the other parts of the body which can increase the susceptibility of an individual to infection.

In conclusion, anti-aging dentistry addresses the faults in oral structure which can lead to various physiological problems. It also makes people confident as the youthfulness of their skin is restored. The best part is that it is safe, non-invasive, and will bring lasting results!

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