We’re all concerned with making sure our children have healthy dental hygiene from the time they get their first tooth. Sometimes we’re so worried about their dental health that our own goes by the wayside. To prevent that, here are some of the most common dental problems you might face as an adult between the ages of 40 and 60.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. This stage is the only stage that is reversible. If left untreated, it can turn into a more severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis. One of the many reasons to visit your dentist regularly is because it isn’t uncommon to have gum disease with no signs or symptoms. How a dentist treats you will depend on what kind of gum disease you have, and the severity of the condition. The longer it goes untreated, the more the condition will progress, which may change your dentist’s treatment plan.
Making sure you are brushing at least twice a day, flossing, eating properly and seeing your dentist regularly is a big part of keeping gum disease from progressing, or keeping it away altogether.
If you are concerned that you may have gingivitis or another stage of gum disease, call our office for an appointment right away. We can treat this problem or help prevent it altogether!
Would it surprise you to know that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three teeth decayed or completely missing? If you are part of this statistic, you should take steps to fix the issue right away.
When you’re missing a tooth (or more than one), the spaces left between your other teeth can have a negative effect on how you eat, drink and even talk. You might not think one missing molar isn’t a big deal, it can still cause issues when you chew. It can also cause your other teeth to move and even cause you to have bone loss around your missing tooth.
A few options to discuss with your dentist to replace one or more missing teeth include:
Depending on how many teeth you are missing and where the missing teeth are located, one of the options above may be a great option to help make your smile complete again! If you’re unsure which option is right for you, please give us a call and schedule an appointment with us today! We can go over all of your options and together make the best decision for you and your teeth!
Does a sip of hot coffee or a bite of ice cream make you wince in pain? If so, you could have a common dental issue called sensitive teeth. There are several reasons your teeth can become sensitive, including:
Don’t think your tooth sensitivity is something you just have to live with. This dental problem can be treated by using a desensitizing toothpaste or alternative treatments depending on what is causing your tooth sensitivity and what your dentist recommends. If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity and aren’t sure what to do, please give our office a call and schedule an appointment with us today. We can sit down with you and go over all options to determine what the best treatment plan is for you. Whether you are a new or an existing patient, we can help treat the annoying and potentially severe pain you may be dealing with!
Oropharyngeal cancer can affect any area of the oropharyngeal cavity. This includes your lips, gum tissue, cheek lining, tongue, jaw and your throat. Many times this starts as a small, white or red spot that you don’t notice right away. It can also become sore or begin swelling anywhere in your mouth or throat. The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:
Seeing your dentist regularly for checkups can lower your chances of getting mouth or throat cancer, because your dentist will catch any sign or symptom early. Irregular dental visits might cause one of these symptoms to go unnoticed, causing the disease to progress. It is always important to discuss any issues you may have with your dentist, such as problems chewing, swallowing or talking.
Having good dental hygiene is always the best way to ensure your teeth and mouth stay healthy. Between that and regular visits with your dentist, it will be much easier to keep dental problems (both big and small) away, or catch any issues you may have early enough so they may be treated easily.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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