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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.