Ageing and Oral Health

Ageing affects our oral health. Like the body, teeth suffer from wear and changes. Enamel thins and the inner layer of the tooth thickens so teeth appear darker.

Key takeaways:

– See your dentist if you grind your teeth as this speeds up enamel erosion and tooth damage.

– Keep hydrated if you take medication as certain medications dry the mouth.

– Be aware that tea, coffee and wine can stain teeth.

Your dentist can assist with teeth whitening and provide help with teeth-grinding. Your dentist can also identify and treat any cavities or gum issues.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.