It’s not just about keeping your teeth strong. A recent survey has made clear that nearly one in ten people have to deal with poor dental health. The most common oral diseases are:
- Dental Decay (caries). Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. If bacteria are not removed regularly through brushing and flossing, the bacteria in plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease. Since plaque is a sticky substance, you must brush and floss to help remove it. Mouth rinses alone will not provide enough plaque removal to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Dental plaque + sugar =ACID. Acid weakens teeth and causes cavities.
The easiest way to avoid bacteria in Plaque is to avoid snacking on foods high in sugar and starch. Further, dry mouth increases your risk of cavities. Dr. Harmanpreet Kaur at Dental Designer, North Plainfield NJ suggests water or sugarless gum can help cleanse your mouth after a sugary snack.
- Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease!). Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss. Gum disease begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and, if not properly treated, may end with tooth loss. Symptoms of the disease are gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing, swollen, red or tender gums and gums that recede or move away from the tooth. Gum disease can lead to persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth. Gum disease should not be ignored as it can affect general health and lead to Cardiac health, diabetes and increase risk of pneumonia. Dr Harmanpreet Kaur, General Dentist recommends every adult to visit his/her dentist to diagnose gum disease. Only a Dentist is capable of checking gum disease by using proper instruments. A Dentist typically check for Gum bleeding, swelling, firmness, and pocket depth.