Dealing with Root Caries

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Although people are most vulnerable to cavities when they are children and teens, tooth decay can remain a problem throughout your lifetime. Older people should not put off visiting the dentist, since they may have special concerns, and are vulnerable to root caries.

As a person ages, receding gums may be a problem, and receding gums are also a symptom of gum disease. When the root of the tooth becomes exposed, decay becomes a threat. The root of your tooth is covered with a material called cementum, which is not as thick or as hard as the enamel that covers the rest of your tooth. If your root is exposed to the acids that cause tooth decay, the damage can occur very quickly.

Preventing root caries is not difficult. You need to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. You can use an antibacterial mouthwash to fight the bacteria in your mouth. Visiting your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams and for a screening for gum disease. If you smoke or use tobacco, now it is time to stop, since tobacco can damage your teeth and your gums. You can also limit or avoid foods that contain sugar and starches, and chew more sugarless gum. Your fluoride needs may change over time, and you might want to talk with your dentist about boosting your fluoride intake with a rinse or a supplement

No matter what your age, you need to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist will clean your teeth and remove any plaque and tartar that you may have missed while brushing, and check your teeth and mouth for cavities, gum disease, and other issues. If you have concerns about your oral health, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz can help. To make an appointment at Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz in Studio City, California, call (818) 755-2920 today.