Understanding Dental Disease
Prevention is the core of our practice; most dental disease is 100% preventable in nature. Tooth decay, gum disease, and bite/jaw problems are degenerative meaning cause by our habits. They are also easily preventable. This not only applies to things like tooth decay and gum disease, but also to bite problems like clenching and grinding.
Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria, so working to remove bacterial biofilm from our teeth and gums is critical. We offer coaching on homecare to make sure that you’re doing the best that you can. Prowess with brush and floss is a valuable skill that we can help coach and improve. Effective brushing and flossing will make all the difference for the health of your mouth.
Prevention also applies to stopping biomechanical breakdown. Wear and tear manifested as clenching and grinding habits results in worn, chipped or fractured teeth; tooth sensitivity; tooth loss; teeth coming loose; damaged fillings and crowns; muscle, jaw or joint pain; headaches and others. A bite splint can prevent and protect the teeth and minimize further damage to the chewing system. Depending on your individual case, it may be an invaluable treatment option for long term health.
We offer support to help improve your oral and systemic health to whatever level you hope for. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, and dental disease increases your risk of systemic issues like cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.
Your diet (what you eat and how you eat it) accounts for the majority of your risk for tooth decay, and awareness of your dietary habits are important to understanding and preventing tooth decay. Specifically, the frequency and duration of carbohydrate intake — snacking, sipping and nibbling fosters decay. The longer your teeth are exposed to pop or snacks means more tooth decay. You can learn more about how tooth decay works, here.