- March 17, 2015
Every stage of life is different in many ways. Kids have different concerns and thought processes than adults as they’re still developing and learning. Younger adults have a different outlook on life than those of us who’ve lived quite a few decades!
The same is true of your teeth. For every stage of life, there’s a different set of concerns when it comes to your oral health. That’s why we want to address some of these concerns with you today. They can make a big difference in your dental health and your life, whether you’re 35 or 85! We also encourage you to share them with an older family member or friend in your life.
The Problem: A Countrywide Epidemic
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a common problem for adults. Actually, it’s more than just common—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that HALF of adults in the US alone have the disease!
And if you’re 65 or older, that percentage increases to 70 PERCENT! If you’re a man, you’re much more likely to develop the disease than women, too. (Read more about their incredible findings here on the American Academy of Periodontology’s website.)
These statistics mean that half of the adults in our country are diseased! That’s a daunting statistic, and it means that there’s about a 50-50 chance you have it now or will end up with it.
Gum disease starts off painless, which is why most people aren’t even aware they have it. But in its later stages, it can lead to bone loss and tooth loss, and it’s linked to serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, certain cancers, and diabetes—all problems common for older adults like you or your loved one.
But did you know that gum disease can be both PREVENTABLE and REVERSIBLE?
The Solution: Apprehending the Silent Killer
There are many things you can do to stop this disease in its tracks. First, you can practice good oral hygiene at home. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day.
Next, make sure you are eating a balanced diet, especially one that contains foods high in calcium, which helps provide your protective tooth enamel with the minerals it needs to stay strong and fight off bacteria and the acid it produces.
Cut back on or eliminate controllable factors that can contribute to gum disease, like tobacco and lots of processed, sugary foods.
And come see us! Both the CDC and your Holly Dental Care dentists recommend that you go to your dentist for regular checkups, especially considering that most people don’t know they have gum disease or don’t recognize the symptoms.
Drs. Hunter will treat you with respect and will not judge you based on the condition of your mouth. We’re only here to help prevent this disease from affecting you!
Check out more information on gum disease before your dental visit here.
The Age-Old Problem
As we get older, we expect things to slow down in our bodies, or stop working like they used to. We also expect more problems with our health and ability to do things.
Many adults assume that one of these problems will be missing teeth. As you get older, your teeth will start to fall out, right? After all, most adults on average have between 3 and 4 missing teeth.
But the truth is that you don’t have to start losing your teeth as you age!
Just as we told you about loss of teeth from gum disease, there are many things you can do to prevent future holes in your smile!
The Happy Solution
We can’t say enough about the importance of at-home care for your teeth! Make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly, eating well, and drinking plenty of water. (You can even read our recent blog about caring for your teeth at home here.)
It’s also important to keep other health conditions you have under control, especially those conditions that we said are linked to gum disease. The more care you take to control your blood sugar levels if you have diabetes, for example, the less likely you are to develop oral disease, and vice versa.
It also might be time for you to start thinking about taking small steps to change poor eating habits and smoking, which can lead to tooth loss. Talk to us about the link between tooth loss, nutrition, and smoking and how we can help you keep your teeth by controlling these two things.
Contact us today if you are missing your teeth or need a cleaning to prevent gum disease! We are looking forward to helping you with these common, preventable problems and get you on track to a healthy mouth!
Stay tuned for the next blog in our series on common adult dental problems YOU need to know about! We’ll finish talking about missing teeth and what you can do about them, plus other common problems we can help you solve!