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When you think of cavities, you immediately associate that with children. Because they are still learning good dental habits, children are prone to tooth decay. But people at all stages of life are at risk for many oral health problems.

Adults, for example, are prone to certain dental conditions that children are mostly not at risk for. And most adults have had one tooth filling or extraction in their life; while treating immediate concerns like infections, extractions open a patient to other diseases and conditions. Keep reading to find out three of the most common dental problems in adults, and what patients can do to address these.


According to the state government of Michigan, the number one cause of bleeding, pain, infection and tooth loss among adults is periodontitis. This is the infection of gums and the surrounding areas and is characterized by inflammation. People who suffer from periodontitis are also at risk of developing cardiovascular disease and premature labour. Men are 1.5 times likelier to contract periodontitis.

Smokers, heavy drinkers, and those who have poor oral hygiene are also at high risk of developing gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can start to damage your jaw bone, which will affect its structural integrity. Consult a dentist on how to develop a regular maintenance schedule at home, and set appointments for regular deep cleanings to prevent periodontitis.

Root infections

If you feel a sharp ache in your teeth because of hot drinks or frozen food, you might have a deep crack in the enamel. This means the cavity has reached the part of your teeth that protects nerves. Root infections are also a cause of dental problems in adults. If you leave a root infection untreated, it can cause serious impediments in daily life.

One infected tooth is enough to render a full-grown adult unable to perform daily tasks; root infections can cause headaches, intense pain to the affected area, and migraines. Having a root canal or a tooth extraction treats an infection. Your local dentist can also help you decide among synthetic tooth options should you need to have them made.

Missing teeth

With ageing comes the greater possibility of teeth falling out. Because the body produces less calcium as it ages, teeth and bones become more brittle. Tooth aesthetics may be something some people can overlook. However, failure to replace missing teeth does more than impact your smile’s aesthetics. Tooth loss can affect a person’s nutrition, and is a cause of jaw bone loss, and can even affect employability.

An improper bite also opens the possibility of further teeth loss, sensitivity, and difficulty in chewing. Aside from dental health, your speech and the shape of your face are also affected by missing teeth. Dental implants or false teeth can help fill this space out, prevent deterioration of the mandible, and prevent slurring or whistling during a speech.

In conclusion

Adults are more likely to suffer from certain dental problems as they age. However, they can attempt to reduce their chances of contracting these by having good oral hygiene, refraining from tooth-degrading habits like smoking and drinking, and going to the dentist regularly.

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