Age and Oral Illness

Oral Health Awareness

As the days past and we get older, dental care becomes more crucial as an adult. To make sure you know what to look out for, listed below are a few oral conditions to be aware of.

Gum disease – on the off chance that your home routine of brushing and flossing has slipped your mind and you have avoided your customary dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can develop on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, whenever left untreated, in the long run, may cause irreparable harm to your jawbone and jaw structures, eventually causing tooth loss.

Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. Approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue or throat area, and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup.

Dental fillings break down – Normally the life expectancy of a dental filling is eight to 10 years. However, if properly cared for they can last up to 20 years or longer. If your dental fillings start to break down, leftover food debris and bacteria will get underneath them and can cause decay deep within the tooth.

Bone Loss – If you’ve lost single or multiple teeth, the structure of your jawbone will start to deteriorate this can happen progressively or rapidly depending on the amount of time the tooth has been missing. Dental implants are a great way to counter this problem

Keep your teeth clean with an oral health routine.

Establishing an oral health routine and practicing it on a daily basis is important for a healthy mouth. For more information on your dental wellbeing and oral care contact our offices located in Rochester, NY and Webster, NY to schedule an appointment to speak with  Dr. Blieden
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