Misconceptions About Dentistry
Many individuals experience common dental problems, and maintaining excellent oral health is a lifelong commitment that requires consistent care and preventive measures. Individuals should prioritize dental well-being by following these preventive strategies and scheduling regular dental visits.
Tooth Decay: Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is a common dental problem caused by plaque buildup and bacteria on the teeth that leads to cavities and tooth sensitivity. It can be prevented with regular brushing and flossing, limiting sugary foods and drinks, and scheduling regular dental check-ups for professional cleanings and early detection of any dental issues.
Bad Breath: Bad breath can be embarrassing and impact social interactions. Poor oral hygiene, gum disease, dry mouth and certain foods are common culprits. Adopting a thorough oral hygiene routine, including brushing the teeth, tongue and gums, using mouthwash and staying hydrated can help combat bad breath.
Dry Mouth: A dry mouth occurs when there is insufficient saliva production, leading to discomfort and an increased risk of tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, using saliva substitutes and maintaining good oral hygiene are crucial steps to proper maintenance.
Gum Disease: Gum disease affects the tissues supporting the teeth, and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Brushing and flossing daily, quitting smoking, eating a balanced diet and regular dental check-ups for professional cleanings and early detection are essential for preventing and managing gum disease.
Dr. David Hanna, owner of Town Dentist, has locations at 122 E. Ridgewood Ave., in Paramus (201-345-3898); and 115 Grand Ave., in Englewood (201-304-7077). For more information, email [email protected] or visit TheTownDentist.com.