Children are at higher risk for tooth decay, their tooth enamel isn’t as strong and they are more likely to include sugary foods and drinks as a regular part of their diet. Teenagers and young adults often have a lack of interest in home care and a tendency to put off seeing a dentist until a tooth actually hurts. Years of wear and tear can have an effect on our tooth enamel so adults may be more vulnerable to the acids that can lead to its deterioration.
The way we take care of our teeth and gums will determine our susceptibility to oral disease more than our age group does, although the risks do change. Gum disease, for example, is the major cause of premature tooth loss for older adults. If it is diagnosed in the early stage of gingivitis it can usually be turned around before serious damage is done. A more advanced stage will require deep cleaning therapy followed up with a larger scale home care regimen and regular cleanings at 3 or 4 month intervals, whatever your dentist feels is appropriate to your condition.
Research has shown a positive correlation between gum disease and some medical conditions such as heart problems or diabetes, one more reason to see your dentist and hygienist on a regular schedule.
See Dr. Ghai of Crescent Dental for a thorough evaluation of your oral health. Call the office @ 919-323-4353 in Cary, NC.