Most Common Dental Issues in the United States

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Problems with your teeth or gums are often painful and always a hassle, however, the majority of them are easily preventable. Properly brushing your teeth two times a day, regular flossing, a well-balanced diet, and routine dental appointments are necessary actions that anyone can take towards warding off oral health issues. Being familiar with basic dental issues and what causes them can also be useful in making sure they do not happen to you.

Listed below are some dental issues frequently treated by dentists:

Bad Breath

Most Common Dental Issues in the United States

Bad breath, professionally known as halitosis, is inconvenient and embarrassing. Various dental studies have shown that approximately 86 percent of people who suffer from chronic bad breath also have an underlying dental problem that is the root cause of their halitosis.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, commonly referred to as a cavity, falls in line right behind the common cold in terms of the most widespread yet preventable disease nationwide. Tooth decay happens when plaque, a viscous film that accumulates on your teeth, mixes with the starches and sugars from your food that combine together to produce an acid that erodes the enamel on your teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, you can develop a cavity regardless of your age, not just when you are a child. As you get older, your tooth enamel can disintegrate, allowing cavities to form. Chronic dry mouth that is caused by medications to aging will also cause cavities to form.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, which is a term referring to any kind of an infection in the area of the gums encircling your teeth, is one of the primary reasons for the loss of teeth in otherwise healthy adults. A few dental studies have shown that there could possibly be a connection between periodontal disease and heart disease.

Anybody is able to develop periodontal disease, although it most commonly manifests in people who are 30-years-old or older. Smoking and chewing tobacco are some of the most important factors in whether or not someone develops gum disease. Having chronic dry mouth or type one or type two diabetes will also raise a person’s chances of gum disease.

At McBride Dental, we provide a full range of dental services that help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Only through routine dental appointments and diligent oral care can you keep your teeth healthy and functional.

The professional staff at the San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are able to answer any questions you may have regarding cosmetic or restorative dentistry, as well as various common dental procedures. As always, we offer sedation dentistry as an option for our patients with extreme dental anxiety.

We can assist you in establishing good oral health habits to ensure that your teeth are always there when you need them and your smile always looks perfect.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a member of our dental staff today.








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