As you age, your chances of suffering an oral health condition increase. This is because your teeth have had more time to be exposed to more damage.
Some of the conditions that you could be at risk for are:
Gum Disease: It is probable that at one time or another in your life, you have slipped when it comes to your oral health routine of brushing and flossing. You may have even skipped the recommended professional dental cleanings, so bacteria, plaque, and tartar have been allowed to build up on your teeth. If these are left unattended, they can cause gum disease, the preliminary stage of which is called gingivitis. Eventually, this can progress so far as to cause damage to the jaw bone and other important oral structures.
Oral Cancer: According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for oral cancer. The use of alcohol and tobacco products increase these risks. Most oral cancers are first caught by dentists during routine check-ups, so be sure not to skip these.
The Break Down of Dental Fillings: Over time, fillings can break down. Most fillings have a life expectancy of 8 to 10 years, but some have been known to last longer. When the fillings on your teeth begin to break down, food and bacteria have opportunities to get underneath them and cause decay deep inside your teeth. Routine check-ups will help your dentist remain informed on the status of your filings so that this doesn’t happen.
If you have concerns about any of these conditions and would like to know the status of your oral health, call us at 801-266-1414 to schedule an appointment for an oral examination with our dentist, Dr. David Powell. Our team at All Care Dentistry in Murray, Utah, is well trained at recognizing these conditions and is eager to help you with all your oral health care needs.