Dental Care for Adults
We all know life can be busy, but if you make your dental care a priority, then your teeth and gums can age gracefully along with the rest of you.
Adult dental care is not just about preventing cavities and bad breath. Dental disease is largely preventable. The mouth is also a gateway into a body’s general health. Gum disease and other health problems are now known to be linked. Untreated dental disease can lead to other serious medical problems such as infection, damage to bone, or nerve and tooth loss.
The American Dental Association offers these tips for adults who want a healthy mouth for life. Visit their website for more tips. http://www.mouthhealthy.org
- Gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is the only stage that is reversible. If not treated, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of gum/periodontal disease called periodontitis. It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are so important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. Brush twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits with your Oak Orchard Dental provider.
- Missing teeth. The average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth. Even if it’s not noticeable, a missing molar can affect how you chew. Remaining teeth may shift and in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth. With today’s advances, you don’t have to suffer from missing teeth.
Talk to your dentist about which option to replace a lost tooth or teeth may be best for you:
- Bridges. Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed, depending on your mouth, your dentist’s recommendation and your needs.
- Dentures. An option if you have lost all or most of your teeth.
- Implants. Most similar to a natural tooth.