Depending on how individuals care for their teeth in the early part of their lives, they may unknowingly set themselves up to suffer from oral health concerns later on. Adults between the ages of 40- to 60-years-old often develop specific oral complications that result from lack of proper oral hygiene, poor diet, and other internal health issues that affect the teeth and gums. Being aware of some of the more common oral problems that adults tend to suffer from can help individuals alter their lifestyles to prevent themselves from developing those issues as well.
One of the most common oral health issues adults face is gum disease. This disease happens in stages, with the first stage being gingivitis. Unfortunately, gum disease must be treated during the gingivitis stage because that’s the only stage that’s reversible. If the issue continues to go untreated, it develops into a more destructive form of gum disease, known as periodontitis. The reason annual dental checkups are so important is that individuals sometimes don’t experience any symptoms, which makes them more susceptible to letting the issue linger if they don’t get checked by a dental professional early on.
The only way to prevent gum disease is by brushing twice daily, flossing once daily, eating properly, and maintaining dental checkups. For those who are already suffering from gum disease and would like to rectify the issue, treatment options depend on how long the disease has been destroying the gums.
Another common issue amongst adults is tooth loss, which results from poor oral hygiene or injury. Fortunately, there are solutions to correct this problem, such as bridges, dentures, and implants. It’s important for individuals to consult with a dental professional about the best treatment option for them. Filling the empty space where the tooth used to be is essential for ensuring that the spaces don’t affect the way a person talks and eats. Not fixing the issue could also cause a shift in the remaining teeth and even bone loss.
A third common oral issue that adults experience is dry mouth, which could result from certain medications. Dry mouth disallows the removal of excess debris and food particles stuck between the teeth, which results in extreme bad breath from all of the leftover bacteria. Dry mouth could also contribute to tooth decay since the teeth aren’t being cleaned or receiving the minerals and nutrients from saliva. Dentists will evaluate the mouth and discuss possible treatment options for individuals suffering from this issue.
At McBride Dental, we advise our patients to visit our office twice a year for annual checkups. Depending on their unique needs, sometimes we recommend that our patients visit our office every four months. We offer preventative care services to help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums so that they can enjoy the smile of their dreams. We know that a healthy smile can help build confidence and self-esteem. For those suffering from other oral issues, we also offer gum disease treatment and implant dentistry. If you are in the San Diego area and would like to know more about our services or schedule an appointment, contact our office today at 760-471-1003.