Your teeth are some of the most impressive structures in your body. They are made up of some of the hardest and toughest material the human body produces. They contain live tissue and nerves. They are used, abused, and often not wholly well-cared for, and yet even under strain, they can keep going for many years when properly attended to.

 

For those who are not entirely ahead of their dental care problems, don’t worry. Identifying what is wrong and working to address it can oftentimes prevent the worst effects of most gum and tooth conditions, but without a change of habits and regular dental cleaning services, you may find yourself with worsening conditions. 

 

In today’s blog from Summit Family Dentistry, we will discuss three common dental health conditions we see in our patients and recommend, in general terms, what kinds of things should be done to reduce the chance of these problems getting worse. To speak with a dentist about your dental health, schedule an appointment today.

Tooth Decay

What is it?

Tooth decay occurs when plaque is allowed to rest on teeth and the bacteria in it can begin to eat away at the enamel and tooth alike. The holes in your teeth and enamel that are formed are called cavities. 

What Can Be Done?

Unfortunately, once enamel, tooth, or bone are lost, there isn’t really a way to replace them. Getting a filling for your tooth can fill the hole and prevent further plaque and bacteria from gathering and destroying or rotting the tooth entirely. In a more drastic situation, a crown, or a complete tooth removal might be necessary.

 

Prevention is key when it comes to reducing the effects of tooth decay. Reduce the amount of sugar intake you consume and make sure that regular tooth brushing and teeth cleanings are removing as much plaque build-up as possible.

Gum Disease

What is it?

Gum disease, or Periodontitis, is a bacterial infection in your gums that happens because of the accumulation of plaque. Just like with tooth decay, the bacteria in plaque create acids that eat away at your gums and the ligaments that hold your teeth in place. As gingivitis and/or early periodontitis set in, gums can be sensitive, however bleeding gums while brushing is a sign of a worsening condition that requires attention.

What Can Be Done?

Like tooth decay, prevention methods and a strong dental cleaning routine are key, however, unlike tooth decay, gum disease is entirely reversible in its early stages. If you have any reasons to believe you have developed the initial signs of gum disease, make sure to schedule an appointment with a dentist right away to start treating any possible conditions.

Tooth Infections

What is it?

When the bacteria from plaque are able to penetrate a tooth and settle into the deeper root of the tooth, they can cause a tooth infection or a root infection. If left untreated, these bacterial infections can become very serious.

What Can Be Done?

Once you have reached this stage, a root canal is needed to make sure that the root area is cleaned and the tooth can be reconstituted with a filling to protect it and improve its strength.

 

Make sure that you are keeping on top of your dental health with a strong routine and prevention plan. Schedule an appointment with Summit Family Dentistry today to learn more.