3 Most Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them

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Although most folks try to avoid dental problems like the plague, they inevitably rear their ugly heads every now and then. Care to venture a guess as to which three dental problems dentists most commonly see in their offices? Here’s the big three: cavities, gum disease, and enamel erosion. Luckily there are a few things you can do to ward off these dental evils. Our cosmetic dentist team has got some key information about these three common dental problems and how you can avoid them.

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Cavities – Those pesky little holes that form in your teeth. These little dental caverns form when plaque is allowed to build up on the surface of the teeth, leading to erosion of the enamel. Plaque, that sticky substance on your teeth that’s full of bacteria, loves to feast on the sugar in the foods you eat. Plaque produces strong acids that breach your teeth’s first line of defense – the enamel. When this happens, a cavity is formed that lands you in the dentist’s chair.

The best way to fight cavities is to rid your teeth of plaque. The best ways to keep plaque at bay? Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and making a yearly visit to your dentist for a thorough cleaning.

Gum Disease – Commonly referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is that dreaded affliction that occurs when plaque launches a full-scale attack on your sensitive gum line. Gum disease begins as gingivitis and then advances into periodontitis. Hallmarks of gingivitis are inflamed and swollen gums that bleed easily, while periodontitis is manifested by gums that start to pull away from the teeth and form accesses.

If gum disease strikes, don’t lose hope – it can be reversed. The best way to prevent and reverse gum disease is through regular brushing and flossing.

Enamel Erosion – Your enamel is no match for all the acids in the foods and drinks you consume. Even overzealous brushing can wear down enamel. Tooth sensitivity, discoloration, and cracking or chipping are all signs that your enamel is being eroded.

The best way to avoid enamel erosion is to simply strike first. Eliminate highly acidic foods and drinks from your diet, and drink lots of water every day. Brush with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Make sure to keep your scheduled dental office visits to keep your teeth in good shape. Our technicians are expertly trained and promise you the best care you can possibly receive.