Your Dental Health
Cavities or dental decay develop when a tooth deteriorates causing a hole in a tooth that can grow larger over time if not fixed. The bacteria in your mouth makes acids and when plaque clings to your teeth, these acids eat away at the teeth's enamel which can lead to a hole. If the cavity is untreated, the hole will get bigger causing more pain and may eventually lead to tooth loss.
Tooth decay can happen at any age and at any stage of a developing mouth. In young children, decay can affect the four front teeth and is commonly referred to as Early Childhood Tooth Decay (ECC) or Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. ECC can be painful and cause other problems such as spacing, difficulty speaking and other health risks.
Cavities are corrected by applying a filling to the cavity. The good news is Oakwest Dental can detect a cavity through routine x-rays and check-ups, meaning cavities are preventable.
To learn more about cavities and ways to prevent it visit the Health Canada website.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is the inflammation of the gum tissue. It starts with the build-up of plaque and, once the bacteria in plaque mixes with sugar from foods, it produces acids. These acids attack the teeth and gums causing red, swollen, painful gums, bad breath and even blood on your toothbrush or floss. Gingivitis can be reversed by maintaining good oral hygiene.
For more information on Gingivitis visit the Health Canada website.
When gingivitis isn’t treated it can result in periodontal disease which is the inflammation around the tooth. The gums start to pull away from the teeth and spaces form underneath that become infected with bacteria. The body naturally responds to this infection and start to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place resulting in loose teeth that need to be removed. With early detection through routine check-ups, the effects are usually reversible.
More information on Periodontal Disease visit the Health Canada website.
In Canada, oral cancer is 13th out of the 23rd reported cancers and has a survival rate of 63%. “Oral cancer is the abnormal growth and spread of cells occurring in the mouth cavity including the lips, inside the lips and cheeks, tongue, gums…” to name a few. Oral cancer, like many cancers can be treated if caught at an early stage of its cycle. To detect oral cancer, it is recommended to have regular oral cancer screening done.
To see a complete list of risk factors, prevention techniques, and additional information visit the Health Canada website.