Prevention for the Top 10 Most Common Dental Problems

Here are some helpful tips to help you prevent you from experiencing these all too common dental problems. And if you've already started to experience some of them, just give us a call. We'll get you back on the road to dental health.

According to dental studies, periodontal disease, oral cancer, dry mouth, and bacteria are contributing conditions that can cause bad breath, technically referred to as halitosis.

A dental visit if suffering from chronic bad breath, can help detect contributing factors, rather than masking with the use of mouthwash.

Tooth decay, referred to as cavities, occurs from sugars and/or starches combine with a sticky substance. The sticky substance, also known as plaque combines with acids that erode tooth enamel.

Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling regular dental checkups are the best way to prevent cavities. Eating healthy by avoiding food and drinks high in sugar content are another great way to prevent cavities.

Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, destroying the tissue and bone that support the teeth. The gingival tissue separates from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) susceptible to infection.

As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen, resulting in further destruction of tissue and bone. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. However, untreated periodontal disease results in the loosing teeth and inevitably extractions. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and scheduling regular dental checkups help prevent periodontal disease.

Did you know that oral cancer screenings are quick, painless, and provided at every dental cleaning that is performed at Westboro Dental Associates? Oral cancer screenings are vital to catching and diagnosing early signs of cancerous lesions.

According to the Oral Cancer Foundations, each year approximately 43,250 individuals are newly diagnosed with oral cancer. Unfortunately most of the time, this cancer is found in the later stages of the disease which leads to a very high death rate. In fact, about half those diagnosed will not survive more than 5 years. However, the good news is that during one's dental appointment, a dentist or hygienist can see or feel the precancerous tissue changes which may lead to a cancer resulting in catching the disease in its earlier stages.

Most commonly, mouth sores are minor irritations that typically only last a week or two. Common mouth sores include canker sores, fever blisters, cold sores, ulcers and thrush. In some cases, mouth sores can indicate mouth cancer or an infection, such as herpes simplex virus; therefore if mouth sore last more than two weeks, a dental checkup can help catch and diagnose early signs of cancerous lesions.

Tooth erosion can result in breakdown of enamel caused by the attacking of acids. Symptoms of tooth erosion can range from temperature sensitivities to hot and cold or from micro fractures of tooth enamel, which can be easily prevented by regular dental checkups for early detection.

Basically, tooth sensitivity is experienced with discomfort resulting from sweets .

After brushing your teeth with specialized-medicated toothpaste designed to seal dental tubules and rinsing with fluoride, often teeth sensitivity can subside.

Although many dental emergencies can be prevented by regular visits to the dentist, unexpected broken teeth, broken dentures, teeth pain, root canals, mouth pain, and lost teeth can and do happen. Fortunately, we have same day and next day appointments available for unexpected dental emergencies.

Luckily with our state-of-the-art technology we have the ability to enhance a beautiful smile. Although an unattractive smile is not considered a dental problem, it becomes a major underlying reason that motivates many patients to seek dental care. Today’s technologies offer patients the options of teeth whitening, dental implants, orthodontics, and many other cosmetic procedures to help increase a person’s self-esteem. Chances are that Westboro Dental Associates can help achieve the smile of your dreams.

Teeth Whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and offers an ideal way to enhance your smile.

In addition, due to recent advances in strength and durability, dental resins have emerged as the top standard for direct dental restorations.  Dental resins often referred to as tooth colored fillings, are bonded to tooth structure and allows the dentist to be more conservative in tooth preparation. In addition, dental resins offer superior esthetic and strength properties in comparison to the use of older materials.

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