Dental Problems Change With Age
It's obvious that our bodies change significantly as we grow older. Many people don't realize that their mouths are constantly changing too. So, dental problems and dental needs differ with age.
Protecting Children's Teeth
Children's "baby teeth" are very important for many reasons. Besides chewing, they help shape a child's growing face, they aid in speech development and they maintain the proper spacing for the permanent teeth that follow. Losing them early can cause many problems.
Adolescents and Braces
Many teenagers have Malocclusion (bad bites) that are inherited, caused by mismatches in the size of the jaws and teeth. Braces can correct the malocclusion. You improve not only your looks, but your teeth and gums as well.
Adults and Gum Disease
The major dental problem for adults is not tooth decay, it's gum disease. But gum disease is almost always preventable, with proper care.
Some of the symptoms of gum disease include bleeding, soreness, loose teeth and a "bad taste" that won't go away.
Thorough brushing, daily flossing and regular cleaning will help prevent most gum problems. But, if the disease has started, it must be treated by a dentist. Call us. Early detection and treatment are very important.
Seniors and Dentures
Modern preventative dentistry is helping reduce the number of people who need dentures. Some day, hopefully, needing dentures will be rare.
For those of you that need them, or wear them now, they are a very important part of your total good health.
Improper fit cause many problems. Besides causing pain, wearing "bad dentures" for a long period of time can actually change your facial structure and lead to poor nutrition and loss of self- confidence.
In addition, the jawbone can recede making the current dentures useless and replacement dentures very difficult to fit.
Never try to repair or reline dentures yourself. If your having problems, call us.