What are the most common dental issues for adults?
If you are living with one of these dental concerns, you’re not alone. These are three surprisingly common issues we see with adult dental patients.
Gum disease: easy to treat, but easier to prevent
If your gums ever bleed while brushing or flossing, you have gum disease.
Everyone has heard the dental cliche “You’re bleeding because you don’t floss.” And while there is some truth to that, the prevention of gum disease amounts to more than just flossing your teeth daily.
Preventing gum disease is one of the easiest and most beneficial parts of routine oral health maintenance. Most people with dental benefits receive reimbursement for a dental cleaning three to four times per year, which is one of the best ways to catch and treat gum disease.
But the very best way to prevent gum disease is your at-home oral hygiene routine. The next time you are at a dental appointment, ask your dental hygienist to teach you the best way to clean your teeth. We usually recommend two things:
- A good electric toothbrush: though these can be expensive, they are a great investment into your oral health. If cost is a concern, consider that the head of an electric toothbrush is interchangeable – once you pay for the unit, you can replace the head over and over again or even have different toothbrush heads for different people to use
- A Waterpik: using a Waterpik means you are able to get food particles out from between your teeth more effectively, giving bacteria less of a chance to grow in your mouth
Crowded or crooked teeth: early treatment can prevent bigger issues
The idea of treating crowded teeth can be daunting. Seeing an orthodontist and paying thousands of dollars may feel overwhelming, but orthodontic treatment is usually paid for on a monthly basis over time, which makes it much more affordable. In addition, treating crowded or crooked teeth is better for you – and your wallet – in the long run.
That’s because straight teeth are typically healthier teeth. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, which means it is easier to prevent cavities and gum disease. Straight teeth also mean that your bite is even, leading to less chances of TMJ or wearing your teeth down.
Many people think that their teeth are crowded because they are too large for their jaw, but that is not usually the case. Usually, crowded teeth are due to a jaw that didn’t grow widely enough during childhood. This can be caused by many factors, though one of the most common is mouth breathing because of how the tongue sits in the mouth.
The best dental insurance is one you use
This final concern isn’t about how you brush your teeth or wearing a device to help straighten them.
One of the most common concerns we see is people who have dental insurance but don’t regularly use it.
While not everyone has the benefit of dental insurance, many people who do have it are not taking advantage of it. This means that the prevention of gum disease and treatment of things like crooked teeth isn’t being addressed.
If you have dental insurance, be sure to put it to use to make the most of your oral care. Dr. Andrea Stevens
and her team in Kanata, Ontario can help you treat and prevent these and other common dental issues. Book your appointment today to get started!