Dentists are essential for the care and maintenance of your oral health through the entire span of your life. Naturally, as you age your dental care needs will change. What your go-to dentist in Toronto recommended for you when you were a child, will differ tremendously as you age. While we can still enjoy great oral health by regularly maintaining our teeth by regularly brushing and flossing, it is still important to schedule regular check-ups with your dentist in Toronto to ensure your gums and teeth are in check.
In today’s blog we’ll discuss some of the most common oral health issues adults face today. Read on to learn more.
Gum disease - or more formally known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the healthy tissue (gums) that support your teeth. Caused by plaque (a sticky layer of bacteria that lives in our mouths), gum disease when left untreated can coalesce into tooth loss. Symptoms can include bleeding gums, swollen or red gums, consistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth, and even gums that have begun to pull away from the teeth.
Untreated Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is a huge problem many adults face when it comes to their oral health. The presence of cavities (small openings or holes found on the surface of the tooth), can be caused by a myriad of different factors - the most prominent being excess sugar and bacteria. When cavities are left untreated they can begin to negatively impact the deeper layers of your tooth - leading to toothaches, infection, and even tooth loss.
Oral cancer is a serious problem that affects the oral health of adult patients. Oral cancer - also known as mouth cancer, can affect the lips, tongue, inner cheeks, roof and floor of the mouth, in addition to your teeth and gums. While there is no scientifically proven way to prevent mouth cancer from occurring, you can take steps to reduce the risk of ever getting it. Your go-to dentist in Toronto will tell you to avoid using tobacco, drink alcohol in moderation, and to stay out of the sun (or keep your face well protected from the sun).
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