Most Common Dental Problems
Some of the most common dental problems are also the most preventable. For this reason, we recommend routine dental checkups every six months to prevent further problems. Our emergency dental office in Los Angeles also offers comprehensive emergency dental care to stabilize your smile whether you are having a common or uncommon problem.
Common issues include:
1. Bad breath
Bad breath may be caused by a meal with onions, garlic, dairy or other potentially smelly foods. If it is chronic, then it may have a more serious origin. Chronic bad breath is often times linked to gum disease and tooth decay. Good dental hygiene may be enough to stop bad breath. However, if improved brushing and flossing habits do not improve your breath, then you need to see a dental professional who can diagnose and treat the underlying problem.
2. Tooth decay
Tooth decay is the second most common problem only to the common cold in prevalence in the United States. Tooth decay is caused by the oral bacteria that live in plaque, which means that a healthy diet and excellent dental hygiene can keep it at bay. Regular dental checkups can spot tooth decay before it causes significant damage, so try to schedule an exam at least twice a year.
3. Periodontal disease
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease affects more than half of American adults over the age of 35. This chronic infection has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and tooth loss. Good brushing habits and regular dental checkups can save your smile from the ravages of periodontal disease.
Call us today to learn more about preventing common dental problems and to schedule your next appointment.
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