Anti-Aging Dentistry – Can It Be Real?

loss-of-vertical-dimensionWe face a lot of pressure to look youthful. This pressure comes from both internal and external sources. Many people decry this “youth movement”, but it’s not new. What is new is how we achieve this youthful look. In decades gone by, only the steel blade of a surgeon could reverse the ravages of time. In modern days, we look to more healthy ways to maintain both our youthful looks AND our youthful health. Your mouth is truly the gateway to your youthful health. Brushing and flossing is just the beginning. Dr. Koshki and his hygienists may recommend the use of products and tools to keep your oral tissues healthy and free from bacteria, free radicals and inflammation that lead to decay and gum disease.

How Does My Oral Condition Make Me Appear Older?

Have you ever heard the expression that an older person is said to be “long in the tooth”? That’s because recession and other aspects of periodontal disease can make teeth appear longer and misshapen. Old amalgam fillings and bondings can make teeth look dark and discolored; also a very “aging” effect. Decades of grinding teeth can make them short, which makes the face look caved in on profile; the lips appear thin and sunken in. “Smoker’s Lines” around the mouth are unsightly at any age. Angular Chelitis is inflammation of one or both corners of the mouth caused by yeast development in the area. This can cause deep cracks or splits in the lips and may extend onto the skin of the face; definitely an aging look.

How Can Your Dentist Help You “Stay Young”?

Dr. Koshki advocates a healthy diet including lots of organic fruits and vegetables which are rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients. He advises all his patients to brush at least twice a day for 2 minutes, and floss at least once a day. Use the rinses and/or tools that have been recommended specifically for each patient’s best results. Dr. Koshki wants his patients to lessen their chances for developing cancer, diabetes and heart disease. He urges the cessation of smoking, processed sugar and over consumption of alcohol. See Dr. Koshki for an “Anti-Aging Dental Evaluation.” He can determine if changing old fillings and bondings along with teeth whitening can give you just the “lift” that you need. Dental lasers can help stop unsightly oral sores from developing, and Dr. Koshki can prescribe medications for cracks and sores to give you immediate relief. If your teeth have been severely worn down due to grinding, he can explain how building your teeth back up with crowns or other restorations can make a huge difference in your lips, cheeks and profile. Porcelain veneers on the front 4 to 6 teeth may be all it takes to turn back the clock!

I Plan On Having Botox, Fillers and A Mini Facelift – Isn’t That All I Need?

Of course having injectables, fillers and surgery are excellent temporary ways to look refreshed and more youthful. Dr. Koshki has both friends and family who have used these techniques and he is not against them; on the contrary, Dr. Koshki would like to partner with your dermatologist or surgeon to compliment your results using dental anti-aging solutions to give you the youthful appearance of your dreams. Let’s all be our youthful best, not only because it looks good, but because it feels good.