Over the Hill? Reasons to See Your Dentist Now

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Many people don’t see the need in having good oral health. As a result, the number of oral health problems has gone up in the over the last years. Oral health does not only have to do with your teeth and mouth, it has big impact on general health, too. Just like most other diseases, oral health problems tend to increase with age. Below are some oral health concerns adults ages 40-60 should be on the lookout for.

Tooth or Root Decay

Tooth or root decay is usually caused by poor dental care. When teeth are not properly brushed, bacteria and plaque build up. This buildup, over time, wears away the enamel creating cavities and, ultimately, tooth decay. Even at the ages of 40-50, adults can suffer from tooth or root decay. It is important to clean your teeth and the root surfaces properly to remove dental plaque and food debris.

Periodontal Disease

This is one of the most common and dangerous oral problems affecting adults. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums, as well as the area between the gums and teeth. The disease begins when food particles and bacteria that cause tooth decay, move to the gum.

If left untreated it can progress to mild gum inflammation and severe gum diseases which will affect not only the gums and teeth but also the supporting bones. In extreme circumstances, the infection could damage the bone structure holding the teeth in place, leading to tooth loss.

Gum Disease

This condition occurs when the gum tissues become infected due to buildup of plaque on the teeth and gums. Gum disease is one of the major oral concerns for adults, because accumulated plaque from years of poor diet and bad oral health care habits can increase the risk of Gum Disease. The most common symptom of this disease are swollen, red, and bleeding gums. As soon as you experience this, call your Shreveport dentist to start a proper treatment plan.

Sensitive Teeth

Many people experience a sharp sensation when having an icy glass of water or very hot cup of tea. Most will wait to have their sensitivity treated until it becomes too much to bear.Tooth sensitivity can be caused by gum disease, cavities, worn tooth enamel or use of the wrong toothbrush. It’s important to see your local dentist about your sensitivity to find the root of your sensitivity.

Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when the body’s blood glucose exceeds or is below normal levels. People suffering from diabetes are more likely to have problems with gum disease, dry mouth and thrush, a condition that results from a fungus growing in the mouth. Side effects of diabetes medication may also cause oral diseases.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also referred to as Xerostomia, refers to reduction in saliva production that leaves the mouth unusually dry. It is commonly caused by side effects of oral medications, but can also occur due to other dental problems. The condition may be accompanied by difficulties in eating, swallowing, speaking and decrease in taste sensation.

Discoloration

Tooth discoloration, or yellowing of the teeth, tends to increase with age. Because the tooth enamel weakens as you grow older, your teeth tend to appear yellow. At this point in life drinks like coffee and wine, or even smoking, will stain your teeth significantly.

Dental Attrition

Attrition is the wear and tear of your tooth surface. This occurs as a normal sign of aging, but can cause damage to your oral health. Improper diets and habits such as chewing, grinding, and clenching your teeth often result in dental attrition.

Start Sooner, Rather Than Later

Father and Son SmilingBrushing and flossing on a daily basis is very important, no matter your age. If you experience a loose tooth or slight tooth pains, see your dentist right away to start treatment as soon as possible. Even if you are not concerned with your oral health now, remember that prevention is better than trying to find a cure later.

Visit your local Shreveport dentist, Dr. Chris Mott, if you have questions about maintaining good oral health as you age.