Adult dentistry is the practice of treating specific dental problems that mature individuals have. A general dentist is not the same as a dentist who specializes in adult dentistry. Adult dental specialty means that the dentist can treat a wide range of dental disorders caused by aging, sickness, or medication.
Adults, like everyone else, require dental care. It's easy to dismiss adult needs, assuming they can handle their affairs themselves. Even if adults do not have teeth, dental problems can occur, causing pain and necessitating emergency treatment. It is for this reason that adults must visit a dental clinic near them on a regular basis for exams and cleanings to ensure they have healthy mouths free of any oral conditions.
Routine Checkups and Cleanings
As you get older, changes in your body can make your natural defenses against gum infections and cavities weaker. As your enamel deteriorates, you may produce less saliva or develop other disorders, such as diabetes, that make you more susceptible to tooth decay. However, if you brush, floss, use mouthwash regularly, and visit the dentist two to four times a year, you can prevent tooth loss and severe infections by treating decay and gum problems as soon as they appear.
At iTooth, we will clean your mouth thoroughly, paying particular attention to plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth and below the gum line. We will also take digital X-rays to look for evidence of tooth decay or bone loss, as well as to measure the depth of your gum pockets to look for signs of gum disease. Your mouth will also be screened to detect early signs of cancer.
Here are some suggestions for keeping your mouth healthy:
- Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss and mouthwash every day. Consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer or using your phone's timer.
- Brush your teeth adequately and change your toothbrush every three months. Bacteria can stay on your toothbrush and return to your mouth the next time you brush. Hence, keep them clean.
- Drink sugary liquids with a straw to prevent sugar from directly coating the teeth before swallowing.
- Drink water after a meal to aid in the removal of big food deposits from your teeth.
- Treat cavities early as they can progress to a critical stage. Remember that a small amount of tooth decay may lead to a larger cavity.
- Visit your hygienist every six months to reduce the chances of developing serious dental problems.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Robbins or Dr. Fincel. Call Dentist in Springfield MO at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.