What You Need to Know About the Most Common Dental Problems

dentistThe quality of your teeth is important for two reasons. Firstly, the better condition your teeth are in, the longer they will last, the less dental work you’ll have to get, and the less discomfort your mouth will experience. Indeed, the number of partially edentulous patients are expected to increase in the next 15 years to more than 200 million individuals — partial endentulism affects the majority of adult Americans.

The second reason is a cultural one — your smile affects how you are perceived. According to an AACD survey, 99.7% of adults believe a healthy smile is socially important, and 74% of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt their career success. It boosts self-esteem to have a healthy, beautiful smile, and without the stress of expensive and painful dental procedures, you will be more financially and personally productive.

That being said, there are several dental conditions that can have a seriously detrimental effect on your smile. Get educated and keep an eye out for them so you can know when to contact your family dentists.

Tooth Decay
You may know this problem simply as a “cavity.” Tooth decay occurs when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria formed when you eat starches or sugars, lingers on teeth for too long.

While children are most commonly associated with cavities in dentistry, older people can be particularly prone to this problem as well. This is because the protective gum tissue at the root of teeth often pulls back later in life, leaving more surface area for this harmful bacteria to lodge.

Gum Disease
Possibly the most deadly and prevalent of teeth and gum conditions, gum disease is a bacterial infection that attacks the gums, bones, and ligaments that keep teeth in their place. Luckily gingivitis (as gum disease is called in its early stages), can be reversed with brushing and flossing.

Enamel Erosion
People who sip on sugary drinks are particularly susceptible to enamel erosion — the acid tends to make the teeth rounded and discolored. Believe it or not, but over-brushing can sometimes have the same effect.

Your family dental plan should include cleanings — take advantage of them. The cost of these dental conditions, including time, pain, and money, is simply not worth it.