HEALTHY MOUTH TIPS
You and Your Oral Health
It is important for ALL adults to care for their teeth. While you may have known that children and teens needed to care for their teeth, you do too. As adults, we are just as much at risk of developing issues with our team from decay to fractures, gum disease, and much more. Dental care should be part of your daily routine and dental checkups should occur once every six months. If you have any questions about your dental health, call our Torrance office today. Below, we will talk about some of the most common problems that can arise, and you should speak with your dentist about them.
The individuals most at risk for oral cancer include men over the age of 40, individuals who smoke tobacco, and individuals who drink alcohol. When you come in for your checkup, our dentist will look to see if you have any of the signs or symptoms of oral cancer.
Did you know that periodontal disease is common? In fact, many individuals have gum disease and do not even know that they do. Sometimes, gum disease is silent until it reaches an advanced stage and once it hits that advanced stage, you may experience tooth and bone loss. Periodontal disease can be prevented but if you do have it, it needs to be handled quickly to prevent ill side effects from it. Our dental team can assist you in properly caring for your teeth.
TMJ is a jaw joint disorder that occurs and can lead to serious problems. It is often caused by teeth clenching, often called bruxism. If you do clench your teeth at night, you run the risk of serious jaw pain, worn down teeth, and tooth fractures. Individuals who do clench their teeth can benefit from a night guard to prevent any further problems or damage to their teeth. Continued TMJ without treatment can lead to the locking of your jaw.
Female patients have certain unique health considerations that need to be taken into account. It is important to work with a dentist who understands these unique challenges and can accommodate for them. Some of the most common health considerations include osteoporosis, menopause, pregnancy, puberty, and oral contraceptives.
Break Down of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings do not last for your lifetime and they only last for about 8 to 10 years, but some may last for up to 20 years. As the fillings in your mouth start to break down, bacteria can find its way into your teeth and this can lead to serious complications and problems for you such as needing a root canal. When you come in for a checkup, we will look at your fillings and make sure they are not worn down.
Schedule an Appointment at Steve S. Kim, DDS
If you are in need of dental care, the team at Steve S. Kim, DDS can help you. Call our Torrance, CA office today to book your appointment.