Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Ducking the Dentist

A man gets work done by the dentist | Wilmington DE Dentist
A little tidbit from the "Advice from The Doctors" at usaweekend.com.  At least 20% of Americans have one or more untreated cavities.  Ignored, cavities can get larger, deeper and cause severe aches, infection or even tooth loss.  Don't wait for pain to see the dentist; schedule regular checkups and cleanings once or twice a year.  And be sure to tell your dentist about medicines you take.  Dry mouth - a common cause of cavities in older adults - is a side effect in about 500 drugs, including those for allergies, asthma, blood pressure, cholesterol, pain, and Alzheimer's disease.  To relieve dry-mouth symptoms, drink more water or chew sugar-free gum.  And, as always, if you have any questions about your oral health, don't hesitate to call us!