Don’t forget about everyday ways to fight aging between cosmetic procedures. Flossing daily may help fight the effects of aging over the long-term. Dr. Eugene Antenucci, a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry told MSNBC that you leave 40 percent of your teeth dirty with bacteria if you’re not flossing, which causes staining and yellowing between and around teeth.
Too much plaque can lead to gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen or bleeding gums, receding gums, and the formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums, according to WebMD. It can end with tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth, if left untreated.
“You register an older look because you see more spaces, less and uneven gum tissue,” according to Antenucci.
Eventually gum disease can cause the bones underneath to dissolve away, says Dr. Donald Clem, a dentist in Fullerton, Calif. “In later stages of periodontal disease we would see disfigurement in terms of caving in of the lips and cheek and wrinkles around the lips and cheeks.”
Researchers looked at issues related to how specific bony aspects of the face change with age and what implications these structural changes may have on the techniques used in facial cosmetic surgery, according to the abstract of a study published recently in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal.
So don’t forget that good hygiene, such as flossing daily, can help your anti-aging efforts, in addition to cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery, a facelift, or wrinkle fillers.