Tooth decay in children is still a serious problem in the United States, and it has grown worse since the 1970s when the rate of tooth decay among children actually declined from previous years. Currently, 28 percent of children 2-5 years old suffer from tooth decay, and this rate increases to 50 percent for children between the ages of 12 and 15. The use of fluoride has been instrumental in combating tooth decay in children, but not all people receive fluoride in their drinking water.
If you've been struggling with gum disease for a while and treatments like antiseptic mouthwash and more frequent brushing have not corrected the problem, then your dentist may recommend you undergo a procedure called dental scaling. This is essentially a "deep cleaning" treatment that will kick start your fight against gum disease, hopefully getting it under control before it becomes worse and leads to loose or missing teeth. Here's a look at what you can expect from a dental scaling procedure.
Periodontal disease is an infection that attacks the gums and bones that support your teeth. While thought at one time to be confined to the mouth, researchers have found that it may be a a related risk factor for several other serious health conditions.
It was previously thought that periodontal disease was a consequence of diabetes. Diabetics, especially those whose disease is not under control, have a greater risk of infection overall.
Becoming a new parent is very exciting, but there is also a learning curve as you discover how to properly care for a new baby. Like most parents, you probably want to keep your new child healthy, and good oral hygiene is an important part of overall good health. Use the following tips to ensure that your baby's mouth and (eventual) teeth stay healthy:
Begin an Oral Hygiene Routine Early
Do you and your loved ones have gaps in between multiple teeth? The problem may be hereditary and can be corrected by visiting a family dentist to see if wearing metal braces is the best way to close up the gaps. Find out below about gapped teeth and getting braces for your family.
What Causes Someone to Inherit Gapped Teeth?
Gapped teeth can be inherited when your family has a history of having large jawbones and small teeth.