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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Top 3 Most Common Dental Issues (And How to Keep Them from Happening)

1.  Gum Disease

Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place.  It is typically caused by poor oral hygiene that allows plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) to build up on the teeth.  Without proper removal of the plaque, it will harden to the teeth like cement. 

Gingivitis is the first sign of gum disease.  Signs of gingivitis include red, swollen gums that bleed easily.  If gingivitis advances to periodontitis, the gums will start to pull away from the teeth and create pockets that can become infected.  This can eventually lead to painful chewing problems and tooth loss.

The best way to prevent or reverse gingivitis is through regular brushing and flossing.

2.  Enamel Erosion

Even though enamel is the hardest structure in your body, it can still be worn down by the following: acids in foods and drinks, brushing too hard, and grinding your teeth.  Signs of enamel erosion include a change in color, tooth sensitivity, cracks or chips.  When enamel erosion occurs, your teeth are more susceptible to decay.

The best way to prevent the enamel from eroding is to brush with an electric toothbrush or a soft-bristled manual toothbrush, cut out acidic foods and drinks, and to wear a night guard at night if you grind your teeth.

3.  Decay/ Cavities

When plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) is not removed from the tooth surfaces, it can lead to the formation of cavities.  In the presence of sugars in the food and drinks we consume, it forms an acid that can form a hole in the tooth.  Once a cavity forms, your dentist will have to fill it so it doesn’t keep getting bigger.

The best way to prevent cavities from forming is to keep teeth plaque free. This can be achieved through daily flossing, brushing twice a day, to place sealants on biting surfaces of children’s molars, and having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.

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Sean Michael Anderson, D.D.S
Neuromuscular & Aesthetic Cosmetic Dentistry

1501 Bollinger Canyon Road Suite G
San Ramon, CA 94583

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