If you’re a dental patient who’s under the age of 40, there’s a great chance you probably don’t have a need for a denture dentist yet. There’s also probably a good chance that you may not even have had a need for a dental bridge or implant
But there are a wide variety of dental dilemmas you can encounter, even when your teeth may still seem to have plenty of useful years left. So, if you’re not encountering issues and you’re a patient under 40 – you might be wondering, “am I missing something?” The simple truth of the matter could be the fact that you’re just doing a good job. But no matter what, every dental patient has to keep an eye on decay.
As an experienced dentist in Orange County, we frequently see patients of all ages. But many times, patients under 40 think that they’re somehow immune to the never-ending pursuit of tooth decay. Unfortunately, that’s just not true. As long as you have teeth, the bacteria naturally living in your mouth (at all times, no matter how many times you rinse), and the healthy desire to eat – you’ll always have to contend with tooth decay.
While some think that tooth decay is just something that children have to worry about – all of them are wrong. Preventing tooth decay actively protects your teeth. Otherwise, say hello to plenty of dental crowns and bridgework to replace the constant damage and tooth loss that occurs when fractures become cavities, and cavities become infections that, eventually, go far beyond just undermining your oral health.
Fortunately, when it comes to preventing tooth decay and dental damage, the preventative measures are incredibly simple. In fact, all you have to do is keep doing what you’ve been doing. Or, if you’ve been a bit lackluster in your oral care, you need to start doing what you haven’t been. That includes:
- Bi-annual trips to the dentist: For checkups, X-rays, and cleaning
- Twice a day brushing: And, if possible – you can even try brushing after every meal (as long as your technique is good)
- Regular Flossing: Flossing helps ensure that your gums stay strong and healthy, while also getting rid of stubborn food, debris, and bacteria.
- A Good, Healthy Diet: Keeping a healthy diet is one of the central tenets to keeping healthy teeth. By limiting sugar and remaining careful with overly hard foods (that can cause cracks and chips), you help ensure your teeth stay in your mouth and in-service for years to come.
Are your teeth feeling a little worse for wear? Have a question about your oral health? Our dentists in Orange County are here to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation.