Endodontists (root canal specialist) include an evaluation of oral history, an oral examination and radiographs in all evaluations, Lindemann said. This allows them to note any irregularities, such as periodontal disease, devital teeth, or bone or tissue softening, that can lead to disease or future problems.
"Early treatment of these issues can reduce the effect they may have on your general health," he said.
Lindemann says prevention is the best option.
"Brush your teeth at least twice a day, eat a balanced diet with limited snacks, and schedule regular checkups," he said. "And if you notice changes or have concerns about your dental health, see an expert right away."
For more information, or to locate an endodontist near you, visit http://www.aae.org .
Make dental health a priority at any age
Childhood is often filled with memories of parental admonishments to "brush your teeth!" School health classes and assemblies often focus on healthy dental habits as well. We learn early on that no matter what your age, dental health should be a priority. Specific dental concerns, however, can change as we grow older, according to the Michigan Association of Endodontists (MAE). Endodontists are root canal specialists.
"When we are young, dental cavities are a chief concern," explains Dr. Michael Lindemann, endodontist and MAE member. "This is because children are just learning the keys to good dental hygiene, such as brushing twice a day and avoiding sugary snacks."
As children get older, and more involved in school and social
activities, sports injuries are a concern. In addition, some periodontal
problems can dev
|SOURCE Michigan Association of Endodontists|
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