As with anything else in your body, when you age your teeth can change their shape. Beginning in your 40s and 50s if you are a woman, you may notice that some of your teeth have moved, especially those lower middle ones.
Your teeth can take a lot of abuse during your life, but the simple action of eating everyday puts a lot of pressure on them and this can cause them to change their shape and shift as you get older.
Women are particularly vulnerable to changes in the shape of their teeth because they go through things like pregnancy and menopause, where their hormones can affect their oral health.
Stress and Teeth Shape
With a hectic life that we lead in these modern times, come stress, and women in their perimenopause and menopause stages usually feel it a little more acutely. During this time of their lives, many women have sleeping problems that can cause them to grind and clench their teeth at night.
Bruxism, the grinding or clenching of teeth, affects the mouth and some symptoms include worn or flattened teeth that may become fractured or chipped, worn tooth enamel, increased sensitivity, chronic jaw or facial pain, headache and earache.
Genetics may also play a role in your teeth changing their shape, size or even the shade of them. Age can also lead to tooth loss, because people are less prone to come into the office to have the regular checkups.
With this deck of cards stacked against them, women should take care in not skipping their regular dental appointments, which can be difficult as they retire or stop working and do not have dental insurance.
If stress is affecting your sleep at night, consider asking us about a mouth guard. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day, as well as talking to us about any issues that are concerning you regarding your oral health is especially important as you age.