Tooth decay is the most common disease among American Children, per the Center For Disease Control and Prevention or CDC. Per the CDC, as many as 47 percent of adults 30 and older have periodontitis. According to these facts, it’s important to remember that oral health is important regardless of age.
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How Does Your Age Affect Oral Health?
At the Sacramento River Dental Group office in Sacramento, CA, we welcome patients of all ages. Our goal is to ensure that people develop good oral hygiene habits to protect their gums and teeth all of their lives.
Per The American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry, you should take your children to the dentist within six months of the first tooth or at least by the child’s first birthday.
It’s important to introduce your children to the dentist early in life. That way, they will become comfortable in the dentist’s chair and develop a trusting relationship. A good dentist will teach you and your children how to maintain a healthy smile for the rest of their life. Our goal is to help your children build s solid foundation of good oral health.
Dental plaque is an invisible bacteria in the form of a film that lives in the mouth. It feeds on sugar and other debris left behind after you eat. Plaque likes to hide where your toothbrush can’t eat. A good example is that cavities are much more likely to form in small cracks and divots of the chewing surface of the molars.
Dental sealant is a thin plastic coating sealing the small cracks and divots of the teeth. Our dentists apply the sealant during the child’s teeth cleaning. It’s a fast and painless procedure and prevents cavities in the long run.
Between the ages of 17 and 25, Wisdom teeth erupt. We’ll take X-rays to check and see how they are forming in the jawbone. Sometimes, we may recommend removing them if there isn’t enough room in your child’s jaw to accommodate these teeth.
Everyone can lead a perfectly normal life even without wisdom teeth. It’s vital to remove impacted wisdom teeth before they erupt. They could risk straight and healthy teeth if allowed to erupt through the gum line.
Teenagers may be at a higher risk of tobacco use due to peer pressure. This can increase their risk of oral cancer later in their lives.
If you have sore, bleeding gums, tell us when you visit. We can help you to avoid more serious gum disease. Gingivitis is reversible if you use good oral hygiene. Once it progresses to periodontitis, it’s no longer reversible.
As many as 47 percent of adults over 30 will have periodontitis. This information is through the Center for Disease Control. As mentioned earlier, this is an advanced form of gum disease.
Once a person has periodontitis, all we can do is manage the symptoms to prevent further damage. We can do root planing and scaling to remove the plaque caught in your deep gum pockets around the teeth. We then smooth out the tooth roots so that receding gums have a better chance to reattach to your teeth.
Your teeth are supported by your gums and jawbone, as well as your other teeth. For this reason, you need to pay close attention to oral health. Once a tooth is lost or gum disease is developed, there is a higher risk for future tooth loss. To help reduce your risk, brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once daily. Visit your dentist every six months.
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We’re accepting new patients at the Sacramento River Dental Group office in Sacramento, CA! We look forward to seeing you. Call us today at (916) 391 4848 to set up your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you very soon.