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The Most Common Dental Diseases and How to Avoid Them

BlueHaving dental problems can be painful and stressful. Luckily some of the most common dental diseases can be easily prevented, which allows you to avoid uncomfortable and expensive dental procedures.

Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to avoid any type of dental problem, keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful. Oral hygiene includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your regular dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.

Common Dental Diseases

Below are a few of the most common dental diseases and how to avoid them:

  • Tooth decay – Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent diseases in the U.S. It is caused by the buildup of plaque mixed with the sugar from the food you eat. The best way to prevent tooth decay and dental cavities is by practicing good oral hygiene.
  • Gum disease – Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue and is the most common reason for tooth loss in adults in the U.S. Gum disease is associated with smoking, diabetes, and hormonal changes like pregnancy and menopause. Flossing is the best way to avoid gum disease.
  • Halitosis – Halitosis, which is the formal word for bad breath, can be embarrassing and isolating. Around 85% of people with chronic bad breath have an underlying dental condition including gum disease, dental cavities, oral cancer, and dry mouth.
  • Tooth sensitivity – Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel starts to weaken. As this happens, the roots of the teeth are exposed, causing pain and sensitivity. Those with sensitive teeth can benefit from special toothpaste and toothbrushes made for those with sensitivities.

Here at Endodontic Specialists, we know that many dental diseases can lead to the need for a root canal. If you need to speak with a root canal specialist, please contact Endodontic Specialists of Colorado located at one of our locations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado.

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