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Your Teeth & Entropy

Posted on 6/2/2021 by Santa Clarita Advance Dentistry
Dentist Illustration from Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry in Santa Clarita, CABet you didn’t think we would be talking about The Second Law of Thermodynamics, Entropy, and how it relates to your teeth. But we are! Some of you might be wondering, “what is Entropy?”. That’s a fair question. I, myself, was not familiar with Entropy. If you are reading this and you’re chuckling to yourself in a sinister manner because you knew exactly what Entropy was, well then you can give yourself a pat on the back.

Entropy Definition

When you look up the definition of Entropy, you will find a few definitions. The definition that we are using today is as follows. Entropy – lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder. Unless you are a dentist or in the dental field, or a smarty pants like the people who already knew what Entropy was, then teeth and their nature are not predictable to you.

Unpredictable Teeth

You might assume a few things about your teeth. For example, if you had crooked teeth, then you might assume that you need braces or Invisalign. If you have straight teeth, then you might assume all is good and all you need to preserve your pearly whites is a few of the following things.

•  Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day.
•  Floss 1-2 times a day.Visit the dentist 1-2 times a year.
•  Get cleanings 1-2 times a year.

Of course, some of us may need some wisdom teeth removed, cavities filled in and what not. But if you had straight teeth and took really good care of your oral health, you would never expect your teeth to betray you like Scar betrayed Mufasa! Am I the only who still can’t get over that? I mean he was the king’s brother! He lived in Pride Rock. The animals sang! He had it made! Alright back to teeth.
Yes, your teeth will inevitably betray you. Because of Entropy. Your teeth will gradually decline. Let me explain further.

Side Effects of Aging on Your Teeth

Unfortunately, our teeth have a tendency to drift forward and become more crowded as we age. Why? Your jawbone loses density over the years and changes shape. This encourages your teeth to crowd towards the front of your mouth.
Having a retainer, even when you're young, is a great way to keep your teeth from going crooked. If you have crooked teeth, you should try and resolve the issue sooner rather than later as the problem will get worse and harder to fix, aka more expensive and time consuming. check this video out.

Entropy is all around us in nature. Nature naturally uses energy to promote disorder or decay. It's up to us to use our own energy to bring order. Think about this. If you clean your house and leave for a month, by the time you come back your house will be dusty. It's not because you didn't clean your house. Entropy will cause your house to be dirty, you must bring balance by then cleaning your house. 

Cavities as You Age

Did you know that cavities are more common in older adults? People aging into their golden years and keeping all their teeth is a fairly new thing. Back in the day you would have to get dentures, many people still do, or you would be toothless. But keeping your original teeth as you age, although you should be proud if you accomplish this, has consequences.

Older adults have receding gums. Receding gums means that cavities are more likely to develop at the root of the tooth.


Even if you think your teeth are amazing and your hygiene is impeccable, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit the dentist 1-2 times a year to make sure you’re ok. This is especially true as you age, and at that point you might want to go to the dentist 3-4 times a year. If you plan you keep your beautiful teeth with you for as long as possible, make sure to visit your dentist regularly. Make sure you heed their advice too.

Or you can risk it all! Just like Scar, and have your nephew come back and reclaim the throne as rightful heir!

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