Do you ever feel like your dental problems are never-ending? Poor oral health can be incredibly frustrating, especially since many of these issues could have been easily prevented. Knowing how we can take proactive steps toward preventing them is essential.
To give insight into some potential problems and show what preventative measures could mitigate them, this blog post will look at five of the most common dental issues facing New Yorkers – from tooth decay to gum disease – as well as how we can keep our city's smiles sparkling!
#1. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems in both adults and children. It occurs when the bacteria in your mouth break down food particles and produce acid. This acid can weaken the tooth enamel and cause cavities. To prevent tooth decay, it's important to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. You should also limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks, including candy, soda, and fruit juice.
#2. Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. If left untreated, It can lead to swelling, bleeding gums, and eventually tooth loss. It's caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and gums. Some symptoms of gum disease include bleeding or swollen gums and bad breath. To prevent gum disease, it's essential to brush and floss regularly and visit us for regular cleanings. You should also avoid smoking and maintain a healthy diet.
#3. TMJ Pain
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain is a common condition that affects the jaw joint, causing pain and discomfort. This pain can cause headaches, neck pain, and even earaches. It can be caused by grinding and clenching your teeth, injuries to the jaw, or stress. To prevent TMJ pain, it's important to avoid chewing gum, eating hard foods, and grinding your teeth. You can also try exercises to improve the strength and flexibility of your jaw muscles.
Infrared Light TMJ Therapy is an effective treatment option that uses light therapy to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. If you suffer from TMJ pain, be sure to contact our office at , where we offer this effective treatment option.
#4. Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is a common issue that occurs when the enamel on the teeth wears away, exposing the sensitive inner layers of the teeth. It can cause pain and discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks. To prevent tooth sensitivity, it's important to brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid acidic foods and beverages. You can also use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth to help alleviate the symptoms.
#5. Bad Breath
Bad breath, or halitosis, is often caused by poor dental hygiene, gum disease, or unhealthy eating habits. To prevent bad breath, it's essential to practice good dental hygiene, including tongue scraping, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Additionally, avoid smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
Prioritize Your Oral Health with Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
Preventing common dental problems is possible with simple daily habits and regular dental visits. Other more involved dental issues, such as root canals, extractions and invasive procedures such as crowns can be avoided at our office by utilizing our Biomimetic dentistry techniques By taking care of your oral health, you can do your part to avoid painful and expensive dental procedures in the future. Remember to brush twice and floss daily, and keep a healthy diet. With these tips, you can maintain a healthy, happy smile for years to come.
If you're experiencing any dental issues, or want to learn more about our minimally invasive Biomimetic techniques, please don't hesitate to visit us at Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D.. Call us at (332) 334-8290 or visit our website to schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Lazare and learn how we can help you prioritize your oral health.