Keeping a healthy smile requires daily maintenance and routine visits with your dentist. Dentistry provides proactive and reactive procedures that offer patients a solution to their dental issues. There are a few common issues that are common to every patient, but dentistry has evolved to provide quality treatments that restore the health of their smiles.
Whether persistent or something you’ve just developed, bad breath can be uncomfortable for yourself and others. Bad breath is caused by bacteria produced by food debris left in the smile. Brushing your teeth and flossing twice daily can keep the smile healthy, but doesn’t combat bad breath between these events. Bad breath can also be a sign of severe dental decay, gum disease, or even oral cancer. Mouthwash and sugar-free gum or mints can temporarily eliminate bad breath, but if it persists, it is important to see a dental professional.
Tooth decay or cavities affect all ages and are caused by poor oral care and a consumption of sugary and starchy foods and drinks. Plaque sticks to the surface of the teeth and produces acids that erode the structure of the tooth. This allows bacteria to sometimes seep into the dental chamber and infect the dental pulp. Treatment for decay requires the removal of a portion of the tooth and a tooth-colored filling. If decay reaches the dental pulp, then root canal therapy and a crown may be necessary to restore the structure of the tooth and prevent extraction.
For young patients with newly erupted permanent teeth, sealants are a plastic covering that protects the teeth from decay.
Discoloration or Staining
Although not considered an oral health issue, discoloration or staining can be caused by an untreated issue of tooth decay or old metal restorations that have stained the tooth. Typically, an unattractive smile is caused by a consumption of dark liquids and staining foods like teas, coffee, and wines. Professional teeth whitening is recommended for a quick and reliable enhancement to your smile aesthetics.
Gum disease is characterized by inflamed gums that are caused by plaque and tartar buildup at the base and underneath the gum line. Many patients who have gum disease experience painful, bleeding gums while brushing and flossing as well as bad breath. To treat gum disease, deep cleanings are issued for three to six months, depending on the severity to ensure the infection has been treated and inflammation has subsided.
Keeping a diligent oral care routine of brushing and flossing twice a day and using mouthwash throughout the day is essential to oral health. Visit Dr. Frantz Brignol routinely for a check on the status of your health and to catch these common dental issues early.