Dental issues are never any fun, the good news is that many of the problems you suffer can be easily prevented. Brushing at least twice a day, daily flossing, proper diet and regular dental checkups are all essential in the prevention of dental problems. Burke residents need to educate themselves about common dental problems as well as their causes, this will go a long way in prevention.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, better known to many as cavities, is the second most prevalent disease in the United States right under the common cold. Tooth decay occurs when plaque, that sticky substance that forms on your teeth, mixes with the starches and sugars that we eat. The combination produces an acid that attacks your tooth enamel. But there is a way to prevent tooth decay, it starts with brushing your teeth at least twice a day. In addition, eating properly, flossing daily and going to your Burke dentist for regular checkups are also ways to prevent this disease.

Bad Breath

If you suffer bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, you are not alone. According to several dental studies conducted over the years, right around 85 percent of those who suffer persistent bad breath can blame it on a dental condition. Cavities, dry mouth, oral cancer and gum disease are all dental problems that can cause persistent bad breath. And using mouthwash to mask the odor will not cure the root of the problem. If you are suffering from bad breath, give your Burke dentist a call.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a bacterial infection caused by plaque that attacks the gums, bones and ligaments that keeps your teeth in place. The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. Studies indicate about half of all adults in America show at least some signs of gingivitis. The people who are at most risk for gum disease are those with poor oral hygiene. Schedule an appointment with your Burke dentist if you feel you could be suffering gum disease.

Unattractive Smile

While an unattractive smile is not a disease, it is still a dental problem many suffer. There are many people who are unhappy about the appearance of their teeth and a poor smile can lower one’s self-esteem. There are ways to have a beautiful smile and it starts with a phone call to your Burke dentist.