What Causes Poor Oral Health?

bedford poor oral health

A number of factors could cause poor oral health, feeding harmful bacteria and weakening tooth and gum health with plaque buildup and more. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the common factors behind poor oral health, and how a checkup and cleaning visit with your Bedford, MA, dentist could help preserve smiles of all ages!

Bacteria and Plaque

Did you know that when we eat and drink, we leave particles behind on and between our teeth? Without daily care to remove these particles, they remain for bacteria to break down. The process of consuming these particles creates a foul odor and coats the teeth in plaque buildup. Plaque demineralizes and weakens enamel, causing cavities, and can also irritate and inflame gum tissues, leading to gingivitis and gum disease. The buildup is also linked to issues like bad breath and teeth stains. Without treatment, cavities and gum disease could mean painful infections and periodontitis, both factors behind adult tooth loss!

Checkups and Cleanings

Routine care is needed to keep your smile in good oral health. For example, you should take time to brush your teeth in the morning and again at night, for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss every evening as well, as this removes what a toothbrush alone cannot.

However, you also need to see us every six months! With a checkup, we keep an eye out for possible warning signs of issues like cavities, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and more. We also clean your teeth, a procedure that removes all plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from the surfaces of your teeth. Brushing and flossing help prevent major buildup, but they cannot remove what has accumulated.

Common Warning Signs

You should be aware of the symptoms of poor oral health! Be sure to see us if you experience issues like sensitive teeth and toothaches, then you may need attention for tooth decay, infection, or bruxism (teeth grinding). Soreness, redness, or bleeding in the gums could also be a sign of trouble, and one that needs attention right away. We also want to see you for emergency care, such as a chipped, loosened, or knocked-out tooth. If you have any questions about how our team helps you maintain good oral health, and what you need to do from home, then contact our team today.

Schedule Your Next Visit Today

We want to help you and your family maintain good oral health and strong smiles. To learn more the value of our checkup and cleaning visits, as well as what you need to do to protect your smile from home, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.