Oral Disease Prevention

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by: Joey & Luke

Catch Cavities Early!

Most people are aware that cavities which are untreated can cause pain, infection and possibly even tooth loss. Dental decay is one of the world’s most common diseases. With proper home care and regular examinations by the dentist, cavities can be prevented and detected before they cause serious damage. Cavities are caused by certain strains of oral bacteria.

Cavities which are just starting and small may not have any symptoms, so it is essential to maintain the checkup schedule as recommended by your dentist for early detection.

Things to look for at home:

*White or brown spots on the teeth

*Sensitivity when eating or drinking hot, cold or sweet foods

*Holes or pits in the teeth

*Pain when chewing

*Toothache

In some areas you may be at a higher risk of dental decay as our city water is non-fluoridated. Daily fluoride both through ingestion and topical application is vital for prevention of cavities.

Catch Gum Disease Early!

Gum disease is linked to, and may impact, other serious health issues including type 2 diabetes. Gingivitis is an early form of gum disease which affects the gum tissue only. Periodontitis is the destruction of oral tissues down into the jawbone and other supporting structures of the teeth. Both diseases are caused by certain strains of oral bacteria.

Things to look for at home:

  • Red or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth

If you have been diagnosed by your dentist in the past with gingivitis or periodontal disease you are at a higher risk for developing it in the future.