Who likes to go a dentist? Not many! Dental visits are probably the scariest ones for many of us but unavoidable too. A visit to the dentist becomes essential after a certain age, but it definitely helps to be prepared or try to avoid by taking simple precautions. So what sort of dental problems may arise as we age and what can we do to avoid them?
Tooth decay occurs when there is more preference towards sweets, less dental hygiene, and restricted access to dental visits. Eating food throughout the day is especially bad, as it means that there are sugar and acid against the teeth all day long. Rinsing with water will help to dilute any sugar or acid that might be on the teeth. Tooth decay is largely preventable by reducing the quantity and frequency of sugar consumed. Brushing and rinsing frequently can help a long way in preventing tooth decay.
Dead nerves in teeth might become infected and might result in tooth ache. The ideal treatment would be a root-canal treatment, or in a few cases extraction too. In both cases, dentist visit has to be made as soon as possible. Till then pain can be managed by antibiotics or pain killers. Also, broken teeth, worn teeth, and old fillings need to be tended to immediately, in order to avoid ulceration in the mouth, especially on the tongue.
Gum Related Problems
Gingivitis (bleeding gums) is present in almost everybody and is not especially significant. Gum disease that causes bone loss, tooth loosening, or even tooth loss, however, does require treatment. A dental check-up can assess the level of gum disease and specify treatment. Most gum diseases can be prevented by proper oral hygiene, dental floss and proper cleaning between the teeth.
Dentures should be cleaned well and not worn in the night. It is common for those who wear dentures to lose skin tone at the mouth angle. If dentures are not maintained properly they might get infected. If dentures do not fit properly due to many reasons, then they have to be replaced or adjusted to fit properly. Else this might also lead to infection, discomfort or injury in the mouth.
Regular dental check-ups, routine cleaning of the teeth, rinsing thoroughly after every meal, and effective oral hygiene twice a day will go a long way in keeping your smiles in place!