Oral Health Tips for Adults Under 40
Posted on October 26, 2016
Many people associate dental issues with genetics and think there is nothing they can do to prevent tooth loss and tooth decay as they get older. For our adult patients under 40, we want to stay now is the time to really step up your preventive care, because getting into good habits now will save you a lifetime of toothaches and tooth loss!
Gum Disease and Dental Problems ARE Preventable
Lucky for us, dental issues can be prevented by following through with at-home care. Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes, flossing once a day, and maintaining a healthy and balanced diet between your dental cleanings and check-ups. Sometimes we see patients who have gone years since seeing the dentist. While some dental issues, like cavities, might not come up between the long stretches since you last saw a dentist – it still doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear. Gum disease can develop when you don’t have excess plaque and tartar removed from your teeth during cleanings, and this type of build-up can only be removed by a dental professional.
Concerns for Your Oral Health
1. Gum Disease
Gum disease is inflammation caused by plaque and tartar build-up. If left untreated, you will get looser teeth, which can eventually lead to tooth loss, sensitive teeth, and receding gum line. Gum disease is incredibly common, so be sure to get your six month cleaning twice a year to check for any possible signs of gingivitis, gum disease, or periodontal disease. Treating this early is vital for reversing it in its early stages. Flossing is also incredibly important for preventing gum disease.
2. Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism, and it can happen during the day or even when you are asleep. Many times bruxism is related to stress and sometimes sleep disorders. Grinding your teeth can do serious damage to your teeth and jaw, and depending on the severity of the grinding, you may need to wear a nightguard to protect your teeth as you sleep.
TMJ, also known as TMD, is a disorder that can include tenderness or pain in your jaw, jaw clicking, headaches, or pain around your ear. TMD can be very painful and cause problems with your sleep.
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, call our office to schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning and a check-up. Six month appointments and cleanings, coupled with at-home care, is your best bet against tooth loss and dental issues as you age! Start preventive care while you’re young, and you’ll have a lifetime of healthy smiles.