According to the WHO (World Health Organization), the three most common dental health concerns are dental cavities, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. Are you at risk for any of these? It is the wish of the dental experts at Back Bay Dental that with education and adequate preventative measures you can minimize your risk for these serious problems.
Dental caries (the name of the disease otherwise known as cavities) is the most prevalent dental problem. Almost every adult has had a cavity at some point in his or her life. The disease is inevitably transmitted between individuals, especially parents to children, when the cavity-causing bacteria are shared in saliva. The bacteria are then always present in a person’s mouth as long as natural teeth are in place. The bacteria feed on carbohydrates a person ingests. You can reduce your risk for cavities by cutting back on the amount of carbohydrates you eat and by improving oral hygiene habits.
Next on the list is periodontal, or gum, disease. Gum disease starts as gingivitis, a reversible inflammation of the gum tissue. If left unchecked, it can advance to a more serious infection that results in tooth loss. An estimated 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is easily prevented with flossing, brushing, and having regular dental cleanings.
Oral cancer can have its roots in genetics, but factors such as tobacco use and heavy alcohol consumption increase the risk. In its early stages, oral cancer is often easy to treat. Regular screenings by a trained professional can help you to know your risk.
These common dental health problems are serious, but preventing them doesn’t have to be difficult! Visit Back Bay Dental for a comprehensive oral examination to find out whether you are at risk.