Importance of Preventing Oral Health Problems
Oral health issues can cause discomfort, debility, and reduced quality of life. However, they are also often preventable with a combination of home dental hygiene and professional care. Here is a look at the problems that can occur when the teeth and gums are neglected.
Known as gingivitis in its early stages and as periodontitis in its advanced stages, gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems. Gum disease often causes bleeding, tender gums early on, and can result in tooth loss and serious infections as it progresses. Severe halitosis, or bad breath, is another hallmark of gum disease.
Failure to care for the teeth through diet and lifestyle can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel. Once this happens, sensitivity to foods and drinks that are hot, cold, sweet, or sour can develop. Erosion also opens the door to more severe dental problems, such as tooth decay.
Tooth decay is a common result of a poor diet and a lack of brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. If decay reaches the inner layers of teeth, patients may develop extremely painful infections. Root canal or extraction is likely to be recommended at that point.
Prevention of oral health problems requires taking the right steps at home and visiting our dental office regularly. By checking the teeth and gums for problems and performing professional cleaning, our dentist dramatically reduces risks of serious dental issues. Patients can schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about preventing oral health problems.
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