Dental Diseases and Prevention of Them

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Registered: 11-29-2013
Dental Diseases and Prevention of Them
Fri, 11-29-2013 - 12:31pm

There are many dental diseases in the world. The most common ones are dental decay and gum diseases. Two other common diseases are dental erosion and dental decay, which are very common. Another common dental disease is tooth grinding, which usually goes along with jaw clenching. There are also serious, even fatal dental diseases; many sufferers in the United State have oral cancer, but there are also things like dental abscesses and dry socket to contend with.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a very painful disease that is caused by tooth decay or infection in the gum. People suffer badly from this unbearably painful disease. There are several steps that may be helpful in treating a dental abscess. At diagnosis, you’ll probably be prescribed antibiotics. Then you can have a root canal done. If you don’t get any sufficient results from a root canal, then you may save your tooth with a dental procedure called an apicoectomy, or root end surgery.

Dry Socket

Dry socket is a hugely painful dental disease that is caused by tooth extraction. It is also known as alveolar osteitis. It happens when a tooth is lost and a clot never forms to protect the socket or is lost. It can be alleviated with taking proper action by an experienced dentist. Usually, this involves pain medication, irrigation of the socket with saline or local anesthetic, and medicated dressings.

Grinding and Clenching

Many people are suffering from tooth grinding and jaw clenching that the sufferers don’t know happen; these are also collectively known as bruxism. Because bruxism usually attacks at night while one goes to sleep, they don’t realize that they are suffering with this disease. The most effective and useful treatment is a dental guard.

Dental Erosion

Dental erosion, or acid erosion, is the loss of enamel due to acid reduction of enamel by non-bacterially-sourced acids. Dental erosion is a huge problem; it is, in fact, the most common chronic disease for children between five and seventeen. The most common cause is acidic drinks, such as soda and orange juice, and food, such as citrus.

Dental Decay

Dental decay is the biggest problem for your teeth. It will be the main reason for other, more serious dental diseases if it goes untreated. Dental decay is like dental erosion, except that the acid comes from bacteria. It’s the main cause of destruction of hard tooth tissues, and it leads to tooth loss and dental abscesses if untreated. It may even lead to heart disease and strokes.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer has a five-year survival rate of slightly more than half in the United States. A five-minute exam by a professional can catch nearly all oral cancers in the early stages. Most oral cancers occur on the floor of the mouth and the side of the tongue. Most are linked to preventable factors like alcohol and tobacco use.

Awareness goes a long way in treating and preventing dental diseases. Raising awareness with children will help prevent future costly treatments, as well as preventing pain and suffering. Regular dental appointments, brushing, and flossing can help prevent many dental diseases, as well.

Hi I am Dr. Darren Flowers the proud owner of Flowers Dentistry in Anthem,Arizona. Besides going dentistry, I also enjoys writing for various dental journals and spending time with my family.

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Registered: 02-28-2014
Fri, 02-28-2014 - 5:33am

Good Post ! More teeth are lost because of gum problems than because of tooth decay, so it is important to take care of your gums. Most adults have some degree of gum disease. Usually it progresses slowly and can be stopped from getting worse. You must visit your Dentist for regular checkups. Some people are genetically predisposed to developing gum problems.

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Registered: 12-01-2014
Mon, 12-01-2014 - 5:52pm

Being a dentist in Anchorage, I believe dental decay is one of the bigger issues here. Since Alaska is so huge, people live in far away villages and sometimes cannot make it to a city like Anchorage except maybe once per year. Quality dentistry in Alaska is hard to find if you don't live in the main city of either Anchorage or Fairbanks, or some of the smaller areas such as Homer/Seward. Our dental office Alcan Dental tries to educate our patients as much as possible on how they can take care of their teeth even when they can't get to a dentist every 6 months.

Dr. Scott Laudon DMD, family dentistry of Alcan Dental Group.