Pediatric dentistry regularly offers recommendations and tips for what their patients can do to avoid cavities and maintain a healthy smile. This is important information to know in order for our children to have the best possible start on the path to good oral health. But what about the grown-ups? Adults are also susceptible to cavities as well as the gum diseases that can lead to serious repercussions. Keeping our natural teeth for life, or at least for as long as we can, is a definite goal for the aging population.
There are some specific areas of concern that adults should be aware of. Gum disease for example, can lead to other health problems including diabetes and heart conditions, so keeping up with regular check-ups to monitor early signs of gingivitis is an important preventive measure.
Most adults have had a fair amount of dental work done over the years. Cavities can often be found underneath old fillings or crowns and are referred to as “recurrent decay.” They may be hard to spot by just looking and that’s what makes the periodic x-rays that your dentist recommends so important.
There are a lot of changes that our body undergoes as we age. Teeth seem to become more sensitive with time and we may start to notice that drinking a particularly hot or ice cold beverage is painful. As the gums begin to naturally recede the teeth become more and more vulnerable to sensitivity. There are some over the counter toothpastes that can help to alleviate the occasional pain from the sensitiveness, but if it continues or if the level of pain escalates be sure to see your dentist as these symptoms could indicate a cracked tooth or a cavity. Sticking to a regular routine of home dental care and seeing your dentist as advised will contribute to continuing good oral health.
You can read about the dental family of Spokane Valley Dentistry on the website, www.spokanevalleydentistry.com. Everyone here is dedicated to the treatment of both children and their parents and provide services that range from fillings to implants. Call 509-926-6261 to set up a new patient evaluation.