3 Warning Signs You May Need Dental Care
Do You Need Dental Care?
You might find yourself thinking that the worst of your dental problems take place while you’re still young. It’s not difficult to see why this would be a common belief, since a lot of the procedures designed to correct problems with the teeth and gums (and prevent them from reoccurring later in life) such as braces and teeth extractions are often performed during adolescence and up to early adulthood. If you continue to take proper care of your oral health after getting work done on them, you may just avoid serious dental issues in the future.
However, even as you aim to be mindful of your teeth and gums’ health as you grow older, they will still be subject to wear and tear, and the natural aging process that your body goes through will inevitably have an effect on their condition. If you want to keep your teeth and gums in the best possible shape through the years then you need to look out for the three specific warning signs you may need dental care provided below.
The sign: Teeth and gums that are sensitive and painful
You might not notice any symptoms at first, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have dental problems at hand. Your gums may actually be eroded, causing your teeth to become sensitive. This condition is caused by the buildup of bacteria at the base of the teeth. You’ll know that your gums have been affected by periodontal disease when you find bleeding while brushing, or gum tissue that has become loosened thanks to microbes causing the bone and ligaments holding teeth in place to deteriorate.
The solution: You can avoid this situation by making flossing part of your regular routine and choosing toothbrushes that either have soft and rounded bristles or are the rotation oscillation electric kind. If the disease is already present, you can use antibacterial rinses every day, and visit the dentist more often for professional deep cleaning procedures.
The sign: A dry mouth
When people get older (especially 25% of women when they reach their 50s), the mouth may not produce as much saliva as needed to maintain the antibacterial environment necessary to keep it healthy. Saliva is also essential in providing minerals (that strengthen the enamel in teeth) and neutralizing acids.
The solution: Regularly cleaning your tongue can help resolve minor cases of mouth dryness and bad breath. Popping sugar-free hard candies or gum with xylitol in your mouth can also stimulate saliva production. For more serious cases, it’s best to consult your doctor so that the exact cause of the dryness can be pinpointed.
The sign: An unmistakable twinge or pain
Receding gum lines are prime spots for bacterial proliferation—and consequently, decay, which can worsen because of its close proximity to the teeth’s nerves. Fillings, as well as unfilled teeth in older individuals, can also get cracked and become breeding grounds for the bacteria. That’s where that twinge comes from.
The solution: Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with fluoride solutions (not alcohol-based ones) can prevent those cracks. Existing cracks, however, will need to be located using x-rays; these will be filled or smoothed (if they’re relatively small) or provided with a cap or crown (if they’re bigger).
If you live in Chino Valley, AZ or Prescott Valley, AZ and are experiencing tooth pain or any of the symptoms listed above, Dr. Costes or Dr. Reed can help. We are happy to help to get your mouth back to health.