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Looking out for your smile as you age is important because there are oral health issues that increase over time. And since October is National Dental Hygiene Month, our Rodem Tree Dental team is pleased to increase your awareness of the issues today that can harm your smile.

 

–Depending on their composition, dental fillings generally last 8-10 years, although some can last up to 15 and how well you care for them. This is an oral health concern because as dental fillings deteriorate, the tooth beneath the filling is vulnerable to food particles and oral bacteria can gather there and lead to tooth decay. Good daily oral hygiene habits–brushing and flossing–will help protect dental fillings, as will routine dental cleanings and exams by your dentist who can catch problems with your fillings and take care of them before damage is done.

 

–Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that can damage gum tissue irreversibly and destroy vital jawbone material. Keep gum disease away by brushing and flossing daily. Brushing and flossing remove bacterial plaque which accumulates on tooth and gum surfaces.Without daily removal, plaque hardens into tartar and damages jawbone which can result in tooth loss. To keep gum disease away, clean your smile every day and see your dentist bi-annually.

 

–Oral cancer is an oral health issue that increases as you age. The most vulnerable demographic is men over 40. If you are a tobacco user, or you drink alcoholic beverages routinely, your risks of cancer in the mouth, tongue, and throat increase. Did you know that your dentist looks for signs of oral cancer during your routine checkup? This is also why dentists are often the ones detect and diagnose oral cancer.

 

Our dentist, Dr. Ellen Nam, is here to help you with any oral health issues you may have to help you maintain a healthy, appealing smile. To schedule an appointment with our dedicated team in Rowlett, Texas, we invite you to call 972-475-2321 today.