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Three Dental Health Issues to Avoid

Your dental health affects your overall health as well as your quality of life. To protect your long-term dental health and to increase the chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime, there are three serious dental health issues to avoid: tooth decay, periodontal disease and enamel erosion. All three of these serious problems can compromise your dental health and lead to tooth failure and ultimately, tooth loss.

Tooth decay or dental caries (cavities) is a serious dental health issue that affects a large percentage of the population in America. It is caused by the buildup of harmful bacteria on the surface of the teeth. If this bacterium is allowed to accumulate and harden on the surface of the teeth, it can cause decay. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to brush your teeth thoroughly at least two times per day (morning and evening) and to floss your teeth thoroughly at least one time per day (at night). In addition, it is a good idea to brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth with water after consuming sugary or starchy foods and beverages. To avoid tooth decay, it is also important to visit your dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning and examination. There are also a few preventive measures you can take to avoid tooth decay including fluoride treatments and sealants.

Periodontal disease is a chronic infection of the gums, bone and tissue that support the teeth. Like tooth decay, periodontal disease is caused by harmful bacteria. Therefore, the best way to avoid this serious dental health problem is to practice good oral hygiene as outline above and visit your dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning and examination. Certain health issues such as pregnancy and diabetes can make you more prone to developing periodontal disease. For this reason, it is important to inform your dentist about any health problems or changes in your health. He or she may recommend more frequent professional dental cleanings to help you avoid periodontal disease.

Enamel erosion is the wearing away of the protective outer layer of the teeth (dentin). It is typically caused by consuming highly acidic foods and beverages such as wine, sports drinks, energy drinks and citrus fruits and juices. The best way to prevent enamel erosion is to limit your teeth’s exposure to these substances. Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming these foods can help. Brushing your teeth after consuming these foods is even more effective. You don’t have to quit consuming these foods completely, however, you may want to limit the frequency.

Taking steps today to avoid tooth decay, periodontal disease and enamel erosion will go a long way in protecting the long-term health of your teeth. For more suggestions on how to avoid these three serious dental health issues, talk to your dentist today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
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Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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