There are several oral diseases that are affected by lifestyle and habits, medical conditions and environmental factors. Small changes can have enormous effect on the prognosis for your long-term oral health. Please read below about the various oral problems that we see.
In brief, we advise all our patients to:
Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases throughout the world- but also one of the most easily preventable. It is caused by dental plaque, which constantly builds up on the teeth. When plaque is in contact with dietary sugars it produces acids, which dissolve the teeth and cause holes.
These holes- cavities- can progress quickly and will eventually cause pain.
Gum disease is extremely common and is often unrecognised because it rarely causes pain. It is caused by dental plaque and when allowed to progress it can lead to the teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out. Smokers are far more likely to suffer from gum disease, as are people with diseases such as Diabetes.
A family history of gum disease could also indicate that you may be more likely to suffer with periodontitis :
Erosion is dissolution of the tooth surface caused by acids, most usually from food, drinks or from the stomach (vomiting or regurgitation).
Very many drinks are acidic; most obviously fruit juices and carbonated drinks but also fruit teas and white wine.
We see a lot of dental trauma at the practice. This is often sports- related or due to accident (notably bicycle accidents). The most common trauma we see to the front teeth is due to young people drinking from glass bottles in crowded bars – if they are bumped by the crowd the bottle will often damage the incisor teeth.
Sadly this is a disease which has become much more common. All patients attending for dental examinations at Temple Street Dental Practice will be screened for oral cancer by careful checking of the oral soft tissues.
Oral cancer is strongly linked to smoking and to excessive alcohol consumption. Recent studies have found a significant oral cancer increase in young (20s and 30s) people who have been orally exposed to sexual transmission of the herpes virus.Back to General Dentistry
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