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Your family dentist wants you to understand that it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene. Failure to do so can lead to a range of problems that affect your health, looks, and pockets. Here are some common oral health issues many Americans have that are preventable.

1. Cavities

It’s no secret that the American diet contains a lot of sugar. When sugar lingers on your teeth, it can lead to tooth decay. That’s why it’s one of many reasons why the American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing at least twice daily. Invest in early intervention by going to your local family dentist, so they can treat your decay while it is still minor. If left untreated, the problem can worsen and require more expensive restoration methods, such as a root canal.

2. Stains

Have you ever seen someone with yellow, brown, or even gray teeth? It can come from poor hygiene. In many cases, it can come from smoking or chewing tobacco. Some may also experience tooth discoloration due to an underlying health issue. However, most discoloration is preventable by brushing, flossing, and attending regular professional cleanings from your local family dentist. Your dentist may also offer tooth whitening services to help.

3. Gum Disease

According to the WHO, oral diseases affect over 3.5 billion people. Many of these diseases either are or lead to gum disease. Gum disease reveals itself through bleeding and swelling in the gums. If you don’t handle gum disease early on, not only can it lead to tooth loss, but it can put you at a higher risk for more severe health issues such as heart attack and stroke. Brushing and flossing are the main ways to prevent the disease from manifesting.

4. Halitosis

Bad breath can be embarrassing. Everyone has it in the morning by way of morning breath. Normally, you’ll get rid of it after you brush and use mouthwash. Unfortunately, some people have deeper issues with ongoing bad breath throughout the day. When someone has lingering bad breath, it may be due to smoking or not brushing their teeth long or well enough. However, if you have gum disease or several decaying teeth, it can affect how your breath smells.

As you can see, there are a number of oral issues you should be aware of. The best way to avoid them is by brushing, flossing, and attending your biannual visits to your local family dentist. Visit Linda M. Soper-Maier, DDS today for the preventative care you need.

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