3 Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them

At Platinum Dental Care, we see a lot of patients with similar dental issues. The truth is, as common as some problems are, the most common ones are 100% preventable. So, save your teeth and your money by following these simple tips:

Problem #1: Enamel Erosion

Enamel Erosion is a common dental issue caused by consuming acidic foods and drinks and allowing them to sit on the teeth too long. Another source of enamel erosion is brushing too hard, too frequently, or with an overly stiff toothbrush. Once the enamel of your teeth has been breached, it is impossible to repair naturally. Why is the enamel so important? This hard shell protects the softer core of your teeth and prevents cavities, chips, stains, and cracks.

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How do you prevent enamel erosion and the subsequent problems it can create? Avoid acidic foods and drinks (and if you must drink them, drink through a straw and brush immediately afterwards) and brush with a soft bristled toothbrush.

Problem #2: Cavities

Cavities are caused when bacteria in the mouth combine with the sugars in our food to create acids that break down the enamel and dentin that make up our teeth. Once the plaque combined with sugar creates acid and breaks through the enamel of your teeth making tiny holes, these holes must be filled--there is no other way to stop the decay from destroying the entire tooth.

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How can you prevent cavities? Brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. This prevents plaque and acid build-up and will protect the enamel of your teeth. Be sure to brush with the proper technique to be sure you are breaking up the plaque effectively.

Problem #3: Gum Disease

Red, puffy, bleeding gums are a problem that affect a large portion of the population which is sad because it is completely preventable. Gum disease happens when plaque on the teeth begins to attack your gums, causing them to pull away from your teeth. The first stage is called gingivitis then periodontitis. The problem with gum disease is that it can cause loose and eventually lost teeth, and it has also been tied to serious heart problems.

How do you prevent gum disease? Regular brushing and flossing will keep your gums clean and free of plaque. Avoiding smoking also helps as smoking increases your susceptibility to gingivitis.

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Our doctors and staff at Platinum Dental Care treat patients with gum disease, cavities, and enamel erosion every day. While they are experts in treating these common problems, you don't have to be treated for them if you simply brish and floss regularly and avoid the foods and drinks that make you more likely to suffer from them.

Dr. Snow, a great family dentist in Murray, advises his patients to brush regularly but warns agains over-brushing, as this can cause problems as well. If you have questions about your oral health routine or any other dental-related concerns, call his office today at 801.293.1234.