When it comes to dental care, detection and prevention can mean the difference between keeping your smile intact or losing it.
If you are not on a vigilant program to brush and floss daily along with regular check-ups at Fenton Dental, your local Mooloolaba dentist, you may eventually develop dental issues here and there.
While some are quite noticeable, as in the case of cavities, other problems like gum disease, tend to take place slowly and quietly over a period of time.
Here are some very common dental problems you should be aware of.
Dental caries, better known as cavities, is the most commonly occurring dental condition dentists the world over treat yearly.
Caries or tooth decay occurs in anyone at any age.
The decaying process begins when sticky plaque forms on the teeth and combines with the sugars or starches from the food you consume.
Together they produce acids that erode tooth enamel thus leading to cavities.
Tooth decay may be prevented with brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your Mooloolaba dentist for regular check-ups.
Halitosis or bad breath is probably right up there with the most embarrassing dental problems.
Dental studies show that approximately 85% of the population with persistent bad breath have this dental condition.
Underlying issues such as gum disease, dry mouth from medication, oral cancer or cavities, can all contribute to bad breath.
Attempting to fix the problem yourself by using excessive amounts of mouthwash will only mask the odour.
To rule out any of these conditions and get at the source, visit our Fenton Dental practice where we will find and manage the problem.
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the gums surrounding the teeth causing inflammation or gingivitis.
Everyone is at risk for gum disease and it is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults.
Some of the most significant risk factors are smoking, and underlying health conditions such as diabetes and dry mouth.
Symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, inflamed or bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, and feeling pain when chewing.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a visit to your Mooloolaba dentist to begin treatment right away will prevent further complications.
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Most dental problems can be prevented through early detection by our oral professionals at Fenton Dental.