The causes of tooth decay are the same for all ages. Decay happens when the bacteria in plaque feeds on the sugar in our diet.
Gum disease prevention
Gum disease (periodontal disease) often progresses at a slow pace, with no pain. As a result, it is very common in many individuals. Gum disease is not just about your mouth – there is evidence linking gum disease to heart disease, respiratory disorders and strokes.
Along with preventive maintenance, make sure you look for warning signs and see your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following:
Bleeding gums while brushing, flossing or eating hard foods
Red, swollen or tender gums
Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
Pus between your teeth and gums when the gums are pressed
Loose or separating teeth
Any change in the fit of your partial dentures
Any change in bite
Persistent bad taste or bad breath
How does diet affect my teeth?
Dietary habits have an impact on tooth erosion. Here are some helpful tips from Dr. O’Toole to help maintain the health of your teeth.
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