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Monday
Mar182013

Can I lose calcium from my teeth?

Being a dentist, I get to meet all sorts of interesting people.  We chat about all sorts of things.  It's especially fun for me when a patient is in a technology field because as all my patients know I'm into computers and photography.  And when a patient like Terry comes in my assistant Pam gets out of the way because she knows we'll be talking about cameras for 20 minutes.aging smile, theoakvilledentist.com

Terry said something interesting the last time he was in.  He was concerned about losing the calcium in his teeth as he ages and how that will result in the breakdown of his teeth.  It's a common thing I hear from many of my patients in their retirement years.  But it is a misconception.  People think teeth and bone are basically the same in how they get and store calcium.  But teeth and bone are two very different things.

Bone is a very dynamic "material".  It is alive and constantly reforming.  In bone itself there are cells that produce new bone and cells that tear down old bone.  Calcium can be added and lost. That is why a fractured leg can heal, new bone is produced to connect the broken parts.  But teeth are pretty static.  More like a crystal.  The living part of a tooth is in the centre only ( ie the "nerve") and the only new tooth structure that is produced thoughout a person's life is inside the tooth. When  the nerve is trying to protect itself from some irritant ( ie decay) it tries making more tooth (dentine) to keep away from the irritant- like the layering of the rings of a tree you see when it's cut. But this is very limited and no dentine is removed by the living nerve of the tooth.  So a broken tooth can't heal like as a broken bone can.

The damage to teeth as people age is due to wear and tear and changes in a persons health.  For example older people often have increasing amounts of decay because their protective saliva flow decreases due to age and medictions ( ie blood pressure medication) . Combine this and the recession of the gums that exposes the more cavity prone roots of the teeth.  The roots of the teeth are always more susceptable to decay ( no enamel) and with less saliva to wash away food the teeth can decay more easily.  Elderly people also have a harder time holding and using a tooth brush (ie arthritis...)so their brushing is less able to keep up with their increased suceptability to decay.  And of course, through the passing of time fillings have been replaced and gotten larger and therefore weaker and more easily fractured.

So as you can see, the refrain I often hear from elderly patients about their teeth losing calcium and falling apart is really an aging process.  To help our seniors keep their teeth and ability to eat comfortably they need increasing help: seeing a dentist and his or her team. And seniors are great patients, I love treating them!

Dr Steven Rosenblat

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