Common Dental Problems In Adults 40+

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Dental health is crucial to overall well-being and as we age, certain dental issues become more prevalent. Adults over the age of 40 are at a higher risk for specific dental problems, which, if left untreated, can lead to severe consequences. In this blog post, we’ll discuss common dental issues faced by adults 40+ and the treatments available at Tomaree Dentistry to address these concerns.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common problem for adults over 40, as plaque and tartar build-up can lead to inflammation and infection. Gingivitis is the earliest stage, causing redness, swelling and bleeding gums. If not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, which may result in tooth loss. Regular check-ups at Tomaree Dentistry can help identify and treat gum disease in its early stages, preventing further damage.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease

  • Scaling and root planing: This deep cleaning procedure removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and beneath the gum line.
  • Medication: Antibiotics, antimicrobial mouthwashes or other prescription medications may be recommended to control infection.
  • Periodontal surgery: In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to restore gum health.

Tooth Decay And Cavities

Tooth decay is not just a problem for children; adults over 40 are also at risk. The wearing down of tooth enamel over time makes it easier for bacteria to cause cavities. Additionally, the presence of old fillings or dental work can create areas where decay can develop.

Treatment Options for Tooth Decay

  • Dental fillings: Tomaree Dentistry offers tooth-coloured composite fillings to restore decayed teeth.
  • Inlays and onlays: For more extensive decay, custom-made inlays and onlays can be used to repair the tooth structure.
  • Dental crowns: If a tooth is severely damaged, a dental crown can provide the necessary support and protection.

Tooth Sensitivity

Many adults over 40 experience tooth sensitivity due to enamel wear or receding gums. Sensitivity can make it uncomfortable to enjoy hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. Tomaree Dentistry offers treatments to help alleviate tooth sensitivity, allowing you to enjoy your favourite treats without discomfort.

Treatment Options for Tooth Sensitivity

  • Desensitising toothpaste: Special toothpaste can help reduce sensitivity by blocking the nerves in the teeth.
  • Fluoride treatment: Professional fluoride treatments can help strengthen enamel and reduce sensitivity.
  • Dental bonding: Applying a tooth-coloured resin to the affected area can help protect the tooth and reduce sensitivity.

Missing Teeth

Tooth loss is more common in adults over 40 due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury. Missing teeth can affect your appearance, ability to chew and overall oral health. Tomaree Dentistry provides several options to replace missing teeth and restore your smile.

Treatment Options for Missing Teeth

  • Dental implants: A permanent solution, dental implants replace the tooth root and provide a stable foundation for a dental crown.
  • Dental bridges: A dental bridge can fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth, supported by the adjacent teeth.
  • Dentures: Full or partial dentures are a removable option to replace missing teeth and restore function.

Taking care of your dental health is vital at any age. Adults 40+ should be vigilant in monitoring their oral health and seeking treatment for any issues that arise. Tomaree Dentistry is committed to providing exceptional care for patients of all ages. Schedule an appointment today to ensure your smile ages as gracefully as you do.

 

Author

Dentist Dr John Cropley

Dr John Cropley

John is the principal dentist at Tomaree Dentistry in Nelson Bay. He graduated in Dentistry from the University of Adelaide and is a long-standing member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA). He is known for his gentle, calm and caring manner and offers services in prevention-based dentistry, emergency care, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry including endodontics.

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