Oral Health and Genetic Risk Factors

3 Dental Procedures You Might Still Need As A Grown Adult

When it comes to dentistry a lot of people try and steer clear of the subject altogether. It can lead to awkward reminders about how long it has been since your last check-up and how bad you have been about your day-to-day oral hygiene. However, it is important to remember that just because you are no longer a kid does not mean that a bunch of issues that primarily face children cannot happen to you. Many adults are lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to their teeth, which is not helpful for this stigma around going to the dentist. Here are three dental procedures you might still need as a grown adult.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

While millions of Australians had their wisdom teeth removed when they were younger, there are still quite a few people who grew up without getting them removed. There is no age that you reach which then means you no longer suffer from the crowding of the teeth that comes with wisdom teeth coming through (as well as many other issues associated with them). If you feel constant aches and pains in your jaw, find food getting stuck between your teeth very easily and can noticeably tell your teeth are changing shape and position due to crowding, then you need to see a dentist as soon as possible.


Cavities are a serious problem at any age. Children might receive the bulk of the media attention and publicity about them because they are more common for them and in child teeth, but that does not mean adults are immune—far from it. Cavities not only risk infection and tooth decay, but they can be quite painful as well, especially if food constantly gets stuck in them. If you think you can feel a cavity in your mouth with your tongue or fingers then you are most likely right, and should leave it alone until a dentistry professional can diagnose you.


Gingivitis is a very common issue among children and adults. It happens when there is a big enough plaque build-up that inflames the gums, and if left untreated can cause more severe issues like loss of gums and infection. Children are more commonly thought to have gingivitis because it is associated with not brushing teeth, but you would be surprised how many adults require treatment for it too. It is not something to be embarrassed about, and you should not wait around because you might feel awkward. Deal with it immediately or risk a far more painful and long-lasting problem.