Good dental care and routine cleaning should be observed by adults since they are not immune to dental problems. Some of the cosmetic procedures available for adults include tooth whitening, bonding, and orthodontics. In this article, we will look at some of the common conditions in adult oral care. They include;
1. Gum Diseases
Skipping your home care routine of flossing and brushing teeth or skipping the regular dental cleaning, may result in tartar and bacterial plague build-up on your teeth. Untreated tartar or plaque may damage the jawbone or other supporting structures which could eventually result in tooth loss.
Gingivitis, for instance, is a form of periodontal disease that causes the gum to become swollen, red or bleed easily. There may be
little or no discomfort in this stage, and professional dental treatment and adequate home oral hygiene could reverse the disease. Factors that contribute to gingivitis are smoking, aging, diabetes, stress, pregnancy, genetic predisposition, puberty, substance abuse, or hormonal fluctuations.
Periodontics may be a result of untreated gingivitis. The gums are usually pulled away from a tooth and spaces referred to as ‘pockets’ that later get infected. The patient’s immune system fights the bacteria while the plague grows and spreads along the gum line.
2. Oral Cancer
Men who are 40 years or older are at a greater risk of contracting oral cancer, this is according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial. Approximately 43,000 individuals are diagnosed annually with throat, tongue, and mouth cancers, and the ACS also approximates that almost 7,000 individuals succumb to these cancers. The use of alcohol and tobacco significantly increases the risk of contracting oral cancer. A majority of oral cancers are in the beginning, diagnosed in the course of a routine check-up.
3. The Breakdown of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings have a life expectancy of between 8 and 10 years. Nonetheless, they can be used for more than two decades. When dental fillings in your mouth begin to break down, bacteria and food can go under them and bring about the decay in the deeper sections of your teeth.