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Common Dental Issues

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What is the Most Common Dental Disease?

Tooth decay (cavities) is by far the most common dental problem that we see. At some point in life, nearly every person gets a cavity. This dental condition develops when plaque, an invisible film of saliva, food particles, and bacteria, adheres to teeth. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that weaken and compromise the hard layer of enamel that protects teeth. Over time, the area that has weakened continues to degrade, resulting in a painful cavity.

Secondary to tooth decay, gum disease is another leading dental condition requiring clinical treatment. Like tooth decay, gum disease is primarily caused by oral bacteria and the acidic byproduct created in the mouth. Also like tooth decay, gum disease is preventable. In our friendly, professional office, we seek to help each patent avoid these common dental conditions.

How Many Cavities Is A Lot?

Studies indicate that, on average, adults have about three fillings. It is not uncommon to get a cavity every now and then. Keep in mind that cavities are a preventable dental problem. From that perspective, we think that even just a few cavities is a lot. Here, we work with you to develop the oral care practices that can minimize your risk of getting cavities. Some of the factors that may make you more susceptible to this form of dental injury include smoking, alcohol consumption, a high-sugar diet, poor oral care, and dry mouth. Each of the factors that contribute to the risk of tooth decay can be controlled, which is great news if you want to reduce your chances of developing cavities in the future.

If I Don't Brush My Teeth What Will Happen?

The purpose of brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day is to remove debris. This includes food particles that can adhere to teeth or get stuck in small spaces as well as the bacteria that flock to those particles. Studies indicate that plaque buildup occurs over a 12-hour period, which is why the American Dental Association advises brushing morning and night. If you do not brush your teeth, food particles and bacteria will accumulate around the gumline of various teeth, in between teeth, and in the deep crevices on the chewing surface of your molars. Plaque and bacteria can also build up on the back of the tongue. As a result of bacterial presence and acid production, you are at risk of struggling with bad breath, gum disease, cavities, and eventual tooth loss.

How Common Are Complications from a Dental Abscess?

Complications from a dental abscess can be extremely serious, affecting the brain, heart, and other organs. Fortunately, most people obtain adequate dental care before an infected tooth can become a dangerous problem. Signs of a dental abscess include pus around a tooth, swelling, bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, and pretty significant pain. Most people cannot tolerate these symptoms, nor should anyone try. In our Milwaukee office, we perform dental procedures with the help of various forms of sedation, so you need not avoid making an appointment due to anxiety. We've been treating people in our local area since 1922, so we understand how common dental anxiety is! We're here to help you avoid the problems that come from a lack of dental care.

Is Gum Disease Reversible?

Gum disease is a progressive infection that begins in the outer layers of the gingiva, the gums. The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If you obtain treatment at this stage, and you perform oral care at home as instructed by your dentist or hygienist, you can reverse the infection. Without reversal during this stage, gingivitis will eventually progress to periodontitis. This is a deeper infection that results from bacteria infiltrating the gums. Periodontitis cannot be reversed. However, it can be slowed down and managed. It is imperative that you work with your dentist and hygienist to eliminate harmful bacteria on a regular basis. Based on your examination, your dentist will devise an ongoing treatment schedule to achieve this goal.

Call Today For Your Dental Issues In Milwaukee!

You can learn more about the various treatment options offered by the Hampton Dental Associates by giving us a call at (414) 464-9021 today! Or, you can fill out our appointment request form for your consultation with our talented team. Our practice serves Milwaukee and the surrounding areas of Wisconsin.

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