Adult Dental Care: Shifting Focus
It is not uncommon for people to see a decrease in decay as they mature into adulthood. Because of this, many people may think that they have no need to keep up regular dental care until they are ready for dentures. But as you mature, the types of dental issues you may face change just a little. So what issues are most likely a concern in adult dental care?
Hot or cold foods causing you trouble?
One sweltering summer day you go out for a nice cool ice cream to beat the heat, only to experience incredible pain as you take your first bite. What happened? You may be concerned that you have an emergency dental issue, but more likely you are experiencing dental sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity can be a result of a variety of issues such as:
- tooth decay
- a side effect of strong tooth whitening methods
- an exposed root from gum recession
- fractured teeth
- worn fillings or enamel
- gum disease
Obviously, with so many diverse causes of sensitivity, the solutions are equally diverse. We tailor solutions to the specific root cause of your sensitivity to help you heal faster. Usually, the first step in reducing sensitivity is educating you about proper brushing techniques as poor or improper hygiene is the main cause of most adult dental care issues. We can recommend sensitive toothpaste and guide you in gentler brushing pressure to help with worn enamel and exposed roots. Dental fillings or in severe cases crowns or inlays can help with sensitivity from fractured teeth or decay. Sometimes a surgical gum graft can be the appropriate solution for gum recession. Our last resort for persistent sensitivity that doesn't respond to less invasive treatments is a root canal.
We'd love for you to come in so we can help identify for sure the cause of the problem. We are eager to help you get back to enjoying your meals instead of dreading them!
Getting back your bright smile
As you mature, you may notice your once-bright white smile slowly fade to yellow or brown. Common culprits are wine, coffee, tea and tobacco, which stain your teeth. But there is a more common reason why many people notice a slow yellowing of teeth as they mature. Your teeth have two layers over the roots; dentin, the soft, inner, yellow layer, and enamel, the hard, outer, white layer of your teeth. Enamel is there to protect the inner layer and root from damage. As you age, you may slowly wear down your enamel through too vigorous tooth brushing, eating lots of abrasive foods, drinking acidic drinks like soda or some fruit juices, taking certain medications, grinding your teeth, or not identifying and solving dry mouth issues. As your enamel wears down, more and more dentin is visible, causing the appearance of your smile to become more yellow than white.
Don't stop grinning from ear to ear to hide those not-so-pearly-whites! Talk to our dental team today about the affordable and easy solutions to take back your confidence and smile.
Time for a filling replacement?
If you have fillings from childhood or early adulthood, it is very likely that sometime in your adult life they will need replacing. We make sure to use the most durable, non-toxic materials possible when repairing your teeth, but nothing is as permanent as the bone that we had to replace. With time, fillings may wear down or crack, compromising the integrity of the tooth and leaving it vulnerable to new decay. Cracks can become hotbeds of bacteria, and worse, often lead straight to your vulnerable tooth root.
If you think you may have a cracked filling, or feel unnatural dips or holes in previously filled teeth, come into our office as soon as possible to prevent new decay from taking hold. We can replace an old filling with newer, sometimes better material and extend its use for years to come.