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Adult Dentistry in Los Gatos, CA

Adults are not exempt when it comes to dental care. Despite following efficient oral hygiene practices, adults can develop dental issues that can cause pain and discomfort. At Tod Anderson DDS, in Los Gatos, California, we offer regular dental exams and specialized services for adults to ensure they have healthy mouths without any conditions affecting them.

Why Is Adult Dentistry Necessary?

It's a proven fact that oral health is closely connected to overall health, especially for grown-up adults. As you grow older, changes occur throughout your body, including in your mouth. You mustn't ignore oral concerns and should get them treated promptly to avoid more severe issues that might affect your general health.

Why Is Oral Care Important for Adults?

Poor dental health can result in other health complications, especially in older adults. Here are a few reasons why oral health is of particular significance for the elderly.

Infections can be Deadly

Oral infections can cause tooth decay, gum disease, pneumonia, and heart disease. Some of these infections are painful, while others, like pneumonia, can be fatal.

Higher Risk of Disease

Lack of oral care can make your blood sugar level shoot up, potentially leading to diabetes. If you have an infection in your gums or mouth, the harmful bacteria may travel to your lungs or your heart. Proper oral hygiene will reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be present in older adults taking medications for other conditions. The mouth needs saliva to protect the teeth from decay and oral infections. If left untreated, chronic dry mouth can cause gum disease, cavities and also affect your nutrition intake.

Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

Gum disease, besides affecting your general health, can make eating solid foods and drinks painful.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer's first warning sign is usually a lesion or a sore in the mouth that does not heal. Mouth cancer is strongly connected to smoking and chewing tobacco. Early detection increases the survival chances of people with oral cancer.

Hypertension

Infections in the mouth can raise blood pressure. It's crucial to cure your ailments and maintain your blood pressure level. 

Tips for Adults to Maintain Proper Oral Care

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

If possible, use an electric toothbrush for brushing with soft bristles. Also, use fluoride-based toothpaste.

Floss Daily

Gently floss between your teeth using a circular motion. Initially, slight bleeding from the gums can be expected. It will stop as your gums get healthier and more robust.

Clean your Dentures 

If you wear dentures, clean and maintain them efficiently.

Avoid Smoking and Chewing Tobacco

Smoking and tobacco usage can lead to complex problems for your oral cavity. To preserve your teeth, refrain from these harmful practices.

Regular Dentist Visits

Visit your dental provider for your routine exams and cleanings at least twice a year.

If you want to know more about adult dentistry services, us at Tod Anderson DDS at 14475 S Bascom Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95032, or call us at (408) 540-7813 and schedule an appointment.

Location

14475 S Bascom Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95032

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Office Hours

MON 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

TUE Closed

WED 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

THU 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

FRI 8:30 am - 11:30 am

SAT By appointments only.

SUN Closed

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Email: info@losgatosdds.com

Phone: (408) 540-7813

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