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Today our team is going to give you the facts behind five common dental problems to increase your dental awareness.

1. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, commonly known as the cavity, is caused from plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms when you eat sugars or starches. If plaque is left on your teeth for an extended period of time, decay forms on the teeth, causing cavities.

2. Periodontal (Gum) Disease

A common bacterial infection, gum disease affects millions of Americans today. Gum disease causes our gums to swell, redden and bleed. And if left untreated, a gum disease known as periodontitis can infect your gums and the bone underneath your teeth causing them to loosen and fall out.

3. Tooth Infection

A tooth infection sounds less than ideal right? Well, these infections are formed within the pulp of the tooth. Decay or injury can infect the pulp causing severe pain in and around the tooth.

4. Enamel Erosion

Erosion of the enamel can wear down the tooth’s surface, making them prone for discoloration and decay. This erosion can come from drinking citrus drinks or over brushing.

5. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a common issue that comes from a decreased flow of saliva in the mouth. Saliva plays a key role in protecting teeth from damage by washing away bacteria.

You deserve the best care when it comes to your teeth. Give our office a call today at 818-225-9410 to schedule a cleaning appointment with our dentist.

 

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  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Amalgam – Material made from mercury and other alloy mixtures used to restore a drilled portion of a tooth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Anesthesia – Medications used to relieve pain.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Anterior teeth – Front teeth. Also called incisors and cuspids.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Arch – The upper or lower jaw.

 

B

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Baby bottle tooth decay – Caused by sugary substances in breast milk and some juices, which combine with saliva to form pools inside the baby’s mouth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Bicuspids -A premolar tooth; tooth with two cusps, which are pointed or rounded eminences on or near the masticating surface of a tooth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Bitewings – X-rays that help a dentist diagnose cavities.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Bonding – Application of tooth-colored resin materials to the surface of the teeth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Bridge – A prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth cemented or otherwise attached to the abutment teeth or implant replacements.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Bruxism – Teeth grinding.

 

C

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Calculus – A hard deposit of mineralized substance adhering to crowns and/or roots of teeth or prosthetic devices.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Canal – The narrow chamber inside the tooth’s root.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Canines – Also called cuspids.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Canker sore – One that occurs on the delicate tissues inside your mouth. A canker sore is usually light-colored at its base and can have a red exterior border.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Caries – A commonly used term for tooth decay, or cavities.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Cold sore – Usually occurs on the outside of the mouth, usually on or near the nose or lips. A cold sore is contagious because it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, and it is usually painful and filled with fluid.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Composite filling – Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Composite resin – A tooth colored resin combined with silica or porcelain and used as a restoration material.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Contouring – The process of reshaping teeth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Crown – An artificial tooth replacement that restores missing tooth structure by surrounding the remaining coronal tooth structure. It is also placed on a dental implant.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Cusps – The pointed parts on top of the back teeth’s chewing surface.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Cuspids – Front teeth that typically have a protruding edge.

 

D

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Dentin – The tooth layer underneath the enamel.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Denture – A removable set of teeth.

 

E

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Endodontics – A form of dentistry that addresses problems affecting the tooth’s root or nerve.

 

F

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Fluoride – A harmless over-exposure to fluoride resulting in tooth discoloration.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Fluorosis – A harmless over-exposure to fluoride and resulting sometimes in tooth discoloration.

 

G

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Gingiva – Another word for gum tissue.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Gingivitis – A minor disease of the gums caused by plaque.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Gum disease – An infection of the gum tissues. Also called periodontal disease.

 

I

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Impacted teeth – A condition in which a tooth fails to erupt or only partially erupts.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Implant – A permanent appliance used to replace a missing tooth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Incisor – Front teeth with cutting edges; located in the center or on the sides near the front.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Inlay – An artificial filling made of various materials, including porcelain, resin, or gold.

 

L

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Laminate veneer – A shell that is bonded to the enamel of a front tooth. The shell is usually thin and made from porcelain resin.

 

  • M
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Malocclusion – Bad bite relationship.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Mandible – The lower jaw.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Maxilla – The upper jaw.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Molar – Usually the largest teeth, near the rear of the mouth. Molars have large chewing surfaces.

 

 

N

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Neuromuscular Dentistry – Addresses more than the aches and pains felt in and around the neck and head that are associated with your teeth and jaw.

 

O

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Onlay – A filling designed to protect the chewing surface of a tooth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Orthodontics – A field of dentistry that deals with tooth and jaw alignment.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Overdenture – A non-fixed dental appliance applied to a small number of natural teeth or implants.

 

P

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Palate – Roof of the mouth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Partial denture – A removable appliance that replaces missing teeth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Pediatric Dentistry – A field of dentistry that deals with children’s teeth
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Perio pocket – An opening formed by receding gums.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Periodontal disease – Infection of the gum tissues. Also called gum disease.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Periodontist – A dentist who treats diseases of the gums.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Permanent teeth – The teeth that erupt after primary teeth. Also called adult teeth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Plaque – A sticky, colorless substance that covers the teeth after sleep or periods between brushing.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Posterior teeth – The bicuspids and molars. Also called the back teeth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Primary teeth – A person’s first set of teeth. Also called baby teeth or temporary teeth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Prophylaxis – The act of cleaning the teeth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Prosthodontics – The field of dentistry that deals with artificial dental appliances.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Pulp – The inner tissues of the tooth containing blood, nerves and connective tissue.

 

R

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Receding gum – A condition in which the gums separate from the tooth, allowing bacteria and other substances to attack the tooth’s enamel and surrounding bone.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Resin filling – An artificial filling used to restore teeth. Also called a composite filling.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Root canal – A procedure in which a tooth’s nerve is removed and an inner canal cleansed and later filled.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Root planing – Scraping or cleansing of teeth to remove heavy buildup of tartar below the gum line.

 

S

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Sealant – A synthetic material placed on the tooth’s surface that protects the enamel and chewing surfaces.

 

T

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care TMJ – Temporomandibular joint disorder. Health problems related to the jaw joint just in front of the ear.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Tarter – A hardened substance (also called calculus) that sticks to the tooth’s surface.

 

V

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Veneer – A laminate applied or bonded to the tooth.

 

W

  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Whitening – A process that employs special bleaching agents for restoring the color of teeth.
  • Woodland Hills Dental Care Wisdom tooth – Third set of molars that erupt last in adolescence.