Taking care of your teeth is an important part of your overall health at any age. However, as we age, it becomes even more important to keep an eye on the state of our oral health. Below, your dentist in Easton, Dr. Baddoo, will go over some of the most common oral issues seen in adults.
- Gum Disease
If it’s been a while since your last visit to Dr. Baddoo’s office, you may be surprised to learn that there is likely a buildup of plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth. Untreated, this buildup of bacteria can lead to other complications ranging from a mild case of gingivitis to irreversible damage to your gums, tissue and jaw structure.
- Broken Fillings
Fillings are meant to last for very long periods of time, however, they are not indestructible. Sooner or later, a filling will wear itself out, which can cause problems if left untreated. A loose filling can be the perfect hiding place where food particles and cavity-causing bacteria can get stuck.
- Oral Cancer
According to the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research, men, aged 40 and up, run the greatest risk of developing oral cancer. Furthermore, it’s estimated that nearly 7,000 will die from some type of oral related cancer this year.
Some risk factors such as tobacco use, and alcohol consumption contribute to these figures, however, even if you don’t smoke or drink alcohol, it’s important to be aware of oral cancer and know what to look for.
In most cases, oral cancers go undetected and are only found during routine checkups with your dentist.
- Missing Teeth
On average, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least three missing or decaying teeth.
If you’re one of these people, there are plenty of valid reasons to have your problems checked out as soon as possible. For starters, having a large gap between your teeth can affect your speech or even the way you chew your food. Even when the missing tooth isn’t visible, having a missing tooth can cause your other teeth to shift.
The good news is that with today’s advancement in technology, there is no reason to suffer from missing or decayed teeth. Bridges, dentures, and implants are all great ways to replace missing or broken teeth.
Sensitivity is likely one of the most common problems that adults face in relation to their teeth. Sensitivity can be triggered by either hot or cold stimuli and causes sharp, instant pain. The causes of sensitive teeth may include tooth decay, gum disease, erosion, fractures or an exposed root.
Fortunately, sensitivity can easily be treated by using a sensitivity toothpaste.
Many of these problems are entirely preventable by taking proper care of your teeth. At any age, it’s important to brush and floss your teeth every day. Of course, the first step to prevention is visiting your dentist in Easton, Dr. Baddoo. Call our office today at (610) 923-8340 and schedule your appointment.