What is are the most common forms of dental disease?
Many patients are eager to learn about dental health and prevention of dental disease but have no idea what to ask. Here are a few of the most common forms of dental disease.
Expectant Mom’s often get pregnancy gingivitis. What is it?
Morning sickness can make it difficult to brush and floss. The hormonal changes make the gum tissue hypersensitive to the bacterial biofilm. The gums swell and bleed. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Healthy gums do not bleed.
What is periodontal disease?
Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue. If left unattended the gums will stop bleeding but the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth start to melt away. This is periodontal disease. It is a chronic infection. The teeth can become loose.
We hear a lot about cavities. What causes dental decay or cavities?
When biofilm lays against the tooth surface leaches away the hard surface. Creamer in coffee, soft drinks (diet or sugary), sports drinks and energy drinks make matter worse by eroding the tooth surface. At first the tooth may look chalky. Decay is like dry rot on wood.
What is the best way to prevent dental disease?
It is simple. Care in your diet, brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly.