The bad news: Dental diseases do exist - things can go wrong with your teeth and mouth. The good news: Most oral problems are caused by negligent hygiene, so they are quite preventable.
isn't a dental disease, but it is a big factor in oral health. Plaque is a sticky accumulation of germs, bacteria, and food debris that coats your mouth. If not removed by regular brushing, plaque hardens into tartar and contributes to gum disease.
, more commonly known as cavities, are holes where acids from bacterial plaque have eaten through tooth enamel. They require drilling to remove damaged structure and filling material to restore function. All three types of caries -smooth surface, pit and fissure, and root - require the intervention of a dentist to stop their progression.
is inflammation of gum tissue from plaque and tartar. Untreated it damages soft tissues, ligaments, and bone which support teeth, eventually resulting in tooth loss.
Stress-related oral problems include TMJ disorders (TMD)
and myofascial pain dysfunction. Imbalances in the alignment of the mouth place unusual strain on the jaw.
TMD can have a variety of symptoms including headaches and migraines, jaw pain, and limited jaw mobility.
Schedule regular check-ups for the coming year to keep your smile healthy and sparkling. Read more