As we grow older, our bodies become weaker, making us susceptible to all kinds of illnesses. One of the worst-hit areas is the mouth. From cavities to gum diseases, numerous dental problems come with age. Some dental issues are less common in adults above 40 years as are in people below 40. This article discusses some of the most uncommon dental problems after 40.
Crowded and Misaligned Teeth
It is very unlikely that people who are aged above 40 years will have crowded and misaligned teeth. These problems are only shared in teenagers and adults. Crowded and misaligned teeth occur when there is insufficient room in your jaw. They can also be caused by too much room in your jaw, which results in spaced or gapped teeth (diastema). When you have crowded or misaligned teeth, you will likely experience bad bites (malocclusion) or temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ). Also, your teeth will wear out prematurely.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last four molars to grow at the back of your mouth. They usually emerge during adolescence or in your 20s. Since there isn’t enough space left in the jaw for these molars to develop normally, they are forced to squeeze themselves out through the little space available at the back of your mouth. So, they will either get stuck in the gum or grow sideways. This is what is referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. The problem is very common in people aged between 15 and 25 years. If this problem is not addressed immediately, it will cause other serious dental issues, including gum disease, bacterial infection, and tooth decay.
Cavities are most common in kids. It is estimated that over 20 percent of kids will have cavities at some point in their childhood. However, this problem is not common in people who are above 40 years. If cavities are left untreated, they can lead to tooth decay, infections, toothache, and, ultimately, tooth loss. The good news is that cavities can be prevented by merely maintaining proper oral hygiene and avoiding sugary foods and drinks.
Whether you are a teenager or above 40 years, it is always essential to go for regular oral checkups. It will help to detect any potential dental issues before they become serious complications. Also, avoid unhealthy habits that put your teeth at risk.