During your adult years, your oral health may change dramatically overtime. This is due to the combination of your personal oral hygiene, the natural changes in your body, and the impact that common medications have on your oral health.
Men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care and often do not take good care of their oral health for years, visiting Dr. Bakken only when a problem arises. The impact of this long term is that men are more likely to develop advanced dental problems and lose more teeth as they age than a woman. This is compounded, if the man smokes for most of his adult years.
Women may experience oral health issues that are related hormone fluctuations and pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bakken to address all of your dental needs before you are pregnant.
What IS Happening In Your Mouth
As you age the strength of your teeth begins to degrade putting you at an increasing risk of developing cavities around existing filings and decay on the root surfaces of your teeth. This can cause increased sensitivity to heat and to cold. Gum disease also begins to advance quickly in your adult years resulting in tooth loss if left untreated. You will want to consider replacements for permanent tooth loss in order to save the remaining teeth.
Recommend Professional Dental Care
Discuss with Dr. Bakken how often you need to schedule your regular cleanings and checkups. At this time in your life it may be necessary to see Dr. Bakken more frequently than twice a year in order to proactively prevent gum disease and advanced tooth decay. It is important to keep Dr. Bakken updated on your health and the medications that you are taking as these factors will impact the options he gives you for managing your oral health. Dr Bakken may refer you to see a periodontist or endodontist to treat advance gum disease and root cancel problems.
At Home Healthy Oral Hygiene
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Keep travel tooth brushes and sugarless gum with Xylitol in backpacks, briefcases, and purses. Avoid sugary or starchy foods and avoid the drinking soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, and vitamin waters. These drinks are very damaging to your teeth. Do not smoking or use chewing tobacco products.
Remember – Healthy smiles need regular checkups. Call (541) 289-1020 to schedule your appointment today.