The Trouble With Teeth
At Waterford Family Dental Care, our jobs are never boring. With each patient comes a new challenge and a new learning experience. Still, there are a handful of dental concerns that we see each and every day. Here are some of the most common (and what you can do about them):
- Gum Disease – Gum disease occurs when bacteria collects along and beneath the gumline. The first stage of gum disease – gingivitis – is reversible. Once it’s devolved to periodontitis, things are serious. The scary part? Gum disease may not be obvious to the untrained eye. To prevent gum disease, you must floss daily and visit your dentist at least every six months.
- Missing Teeth – Unless we encounter a patient who has experienced a mouth or head trauma, most tooth loss can be directly attributed to gum disease. When gum disease goes untreated, the structures that support the teeth are compromised, resulting in loose teeth that may eventually fall out. If your missing teeth aren’t replaced, your jawbone can weaken and the remaining teeth can shift. All of this can be avoided by taking care of your teeth and seeing Dr. Shlom regularly.
- Cavities – The same bacteria that contributes to gum disease also contributes to cavities. If you are not sufficiently brushing your teeth, plaque will sit on your teeth and wreak havoc on your enamel, resulting in cavities. Avoid the drill by brushing after every meal. Talk to your dentist about sealants, which are most often used on children, but can benefit cavity-prone adults, as well.
- Tooth Sensitivity – If your teeth are sensitive to cold or heat, that may be a sign that something else is wrong. A number of things can cause tooth sensitivity, from benign whitening treatments to an infected tooth root. The only way to know for sure is to leave your dental care in the hands of experienced professionals. While desensitizing toothpastes can help temporarily, learning the underlying cause of the problem is critical.
If you are experiencing any of the above problems (or even those not listed), contact Waterford Family Dental Care today. Your dental health is our greatest concern.