Sunday, December 29, 2013

Five Reasons Why You Might Visit a Dentist Soon

Most medical experts agree that dental problems are among the most common ailments that Americans suffer from nowadays. While they may not be as life-threatening as other, more serious conditions like diabetes and heart failure, dental problems can be just as unbearable and debilitating if left unchecked. Thus, dentists play a huge role in keeping Americans in good health, especially since the effects of tooth problems to one’s overall health can be far-reaching.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), dental caries or tooth decay are still the most common dental problems that affect both children and adults in equal measure. Tooth decay is usually caused by poor oral hygiene and the regular consumption of certain foods such as candies, soda, and citrus fruits. Although it can be prevented by brushing regularly and visiting the dentist for tooth cleaning once a year, unchecked tooth decay can lead to tooth loss and/or periodontal diseases which cause bleeding gums.

Oral cancer is another dental ailment that affects about 30,000 Americans every year, according to the NIDCR. While it can occur among all age groups, oral cancer is more likely to develop in elderly people aged 50-70. Meanwhile, teeth grinding or Bruxism, which happens to some people whenever they sleep, isn’t inherently harmful, but it can cause problems in the long run unless treated with the help of corrective dentistry. 


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