Unfortunately, some people neglect their oral health. Many dental problems progress slowly and silently, causing people to put off a visit to the dentist. Often they only schedule an appointment when restorative treatment is required to alleviate painful and inconvenient symptoms.
The Two Most Common Dental Problems
Tooth decay and gum disease are the two most common dental problems. They are also the two most preventable. With a strong oral hygiene routine, proper education, and regular visits, you can prevent these problems before they cause major complications for your oral health.
Both tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque, the thin biofilm that constantly forms on and around your teeth. Plaque contains the harmful bacteria responsible for dental caries (tooth decay), which produce acids that attack the enamel. You can reduce your risk of tooth decay by eliminating the buildup of plaque.
When plaque is left to build up, our immune systems produce toxins designed to combat bacteria. Unfortunately, these toxins target healthy tissues as well, such as the gums, connective ligaments, and supportive jawbone. The deterioration of these tissues produces the infection we commonly refer to as gum disease. Untreated gum disease will cause severe damage that may ultimately result in tooth loss.
The Importance of Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry can stifle the development of tooth decay and gum disease. Preventing these problems before they occur will keep your teeth and gums healthy, clean, and beautiful. Regular appointments also allow us to catch these problems early on when they are much easier to treat.
Because tooth decay and gum disease progress silently, a proper oral hygiene regimen simply isn't enough. You also need routine exams, cleanings, and x-rays so we can monitor your oral health. Without regular appointments, these problems are likely to occur.