When you were a kid, you probably heard an earful about cavities. Indeed, tooth decay is generally the most pressing dental problem for children and teens.
Now that you’re an adult, you might not worry so much about cavities. You don’t need to be reminded to brush and floss. And you probably don’t munch on candy as much as when you were in grade school.
But if you think you’re immune to cavities, you’re wrong. In fact, tooth decay remains a serious concern throughout your lifetime. And adults who fail to prevent it can actually suffer more consequences than children.
As you know, cavities are caused by dental plaque, which produces acids that eat away at tooth enamel, eventually forming a hole that requires filling. Acid from plaque can also damage gum tissue, causing gingivitis and its more serious cousin, periodontal disease.
Most adults have at least one dental filling; many also have crowns and other restorations. And depending on your age, you probably have some degree of gum recession or damage. All these factors can cause plaque to build up in areas that are hard to reach, putting you at a greater risk of cavities.
In addition, adults sometimes forget to schedule regular exams, which is when we identify areas of decay. Getting a small cavity filled is fast and relatively inexpensive, which is why you should get your teeth checked at least once every 6 months. The longer you put off the dentist, the worse your problems are going to be.
Are you overdue for a checkup? Make an appointment and check out our brand-new offices, conveniently located in Redmond Town Center. Call 425-885-0008 to schedule your visit now.