There are some things we don't miss about being a kid. Getting grounded? A thing of the past. Curfew? Not happening. Confiscating our cell phones? As if. Cavities? While we'd like to think those are also a part of childhood that we can happily leave behind, unfortunately, the potential for cavities is one thing that we truly never outgrow!
If you are keeping up with a healthy dental routine, you know that two minutes of twice daily careful brushing, flossing, a sensible diet, regular dental exams and cleanings are the best way to keep cavities from ever recurring. But adults face other challenges that children might not. Take a look at the following things that need to have attention during the adulting phase of life.
- Over Brushing. Too vigorous brushing can damage gum tissue.
- Receding Gums. Aging, gum disease, improper brushing technique, genetics, and other factors can leave root surfaces exposed to bacterial acids, which can lead to root decay and tooth loss.
- Aging Dental Work. Over time, all dental work ages under normal chewing pressure, which can allow bacteria to enter into the worn spaces or margins that are no longer sealed, which can lead to internal decay or tooth loss if left untreated.
- Life As An Adult. A busy schedule can lead to unhealthy diet choices. Sugar, acidic foods (like sodas, coffee and tea), and carbs, which break down into sugar, can lead to the increased risk for tooth decay. Physical changes like exercise, new medications or certain medical conditions can lead to a drier mouth. Stress can also weaken immune systems and increase the potential to night time teeth grinding. These changes have also been associated with a break down of your dental health.
Aduting is a phase of life that is inevitable even if many people desire to have the Peter Pan motto to "never grow up!" At your next cleaning and exam, our Dental Team can discuss what changes that have occurred in your life that might impact your overall dental health!