February 1, 2021
For some, going to the dentist is an enjoyable experience. Leaving the dental office with a new and improved smile can be a wonderful feeling. But for others, it is incredibly stressful. Thoughts of how good or bad their at-home dental care has been or whether the dentist will find unpleasant surprises during the exam. Knowing your risks and what you can do to fight them is the key to proper dental health. Read on to find out the 4 most common dental issues and how your dentist in Ridgefield can help you correct them.
Halitosis (Chronic Bad Breath)
Halitosis is typically caused by gum disease, cavities or buildup of harmful bacteria on the tongue, and it can be very embarrassing. When odor-causing bacteria on leftover food particles wedged between your teeth can begin to rot, leading to the emission of sulfur compounds that cause your breath to smell unpleasant. To treat halitosis at home, you should first floss to remove any debris from your teeth, then brush your teeth, scrape your tongue to remove any leftover bacteria and finish by rinsing with mouthwash. Follow this routine twice every day and you should see results. If the odor persists, it’s best to contact your dentist for help.
When gingivitis goes untreated it can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a serious dental infection that causes the inner layer of the gums start to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets. These areas collect debris and bacteria that often cause the gums to become infected and result in tooth and bone loss. Using nicotine, dealing with diabetes or persistent bouts with dry mouth can increase your risk of developing this condition. Practicing proper dental hygiene and getting regular dental cleanings at the dentist can minimize your risk of dental infection and even reverse gingivitis before it progresses.
This deadly disease can develop on your lips, gums, tongue, inner cheeks, roof of the mouth and under the tongue. Unfortunately, this condition affects millions of people every year, allowing it to be one of the most common oral issues today. Using nicotine products, drinking alcohol makes you 300 times more likely to develop oral cancer. Luckily, when it’s diagnosed early, it can be cured. If you have slow-healing sores, lumps or notice white patches in your mouth, you should schedule a visit with your dentist right away.
When your dentist finds a cavity, your heart may sink. But tooth decay is the most common oral health issue of them all. Harmful bacteria build up and uses the sugar on your teeth to produces acids that erode your enamel. Tooth sensitivity, sudden dental pain or black, brown or white staining on any surface ae clear signs that you more than likely have a cavity. Brushing and flossing on a regular basis can help prevent plaque buildup and minimize your risk of cavities.
The best way to avoid these issues is by practicing proper oral and keeping your dental appointments. Regular dental cleanings and exams give your dentist the chance to correct any problems and prevent them from getting any worse.
About the Practice
At Ridgefield Perfect Smile Center, Drs. Dana Jones and Josephine Franzese take pride in transforming smiles and providing patients with personalized, comprehensive dental care. They are dedicated to continuing their education and staying abreast of the latest techniques and technology in dentistry and offer a wide range of dental services. If it’s time for your dental cleaning, contact the office at (203) 438-8919 or visit the website to schedule an appointment today.
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