Tooth decay is a bacterial infection. Infants aren't born with the bacteria that cause decay. Most acquire these bacteria (strep mutans) from their mothers before their third birthday. Caries (tooth cavities) affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2 to 5 years, and half of those aged 12 to 15 years.
Common ways to transmit bacteria:
If you are pregnant and have cavities, you can reduce your child's risk of developing early tooth decay by improving your own oral health.
Important steps you can take:
The Oral-Systemic link means your mouth matters and that you can’t have a healthy body without a healthy mouth. You want healthy teeth and gums which means getting a full oral prophylaxis for the removal of biofilm. Ask your dental hygienist why coming every 3-4 months to disrupt biofilm toxins makes all the difference.
What’s biofilm, you ask? It might be easy to simply think of biofilm as just another name for plaque. Our knowledge about plaque has transformed from simply being a sticky matrix to a complex, thriving, microbial community called biofilm. This concept of plaque as biofilm has uncovered new information about the microbial make-up of plaque, as well as its contribution to disease.
Your dental hygienist is a periodontal therapist. An oral prophylaxis should consist of supragingival and subgingival (above and below the gumline) removal of plaque, calculus, and stain. Make regular gum therapy appointments with your dental hygienist for total health
Gum disease is rampant. But it doesn't hurt, so too many adults ignore bleeding gums. You'd run to the doctor if your ears were bleeding! One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease (that’s half!) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 64.7 million American adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth and if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. You need to have your gums “measured” at every dental hygiene visit to assess your periodontal status.
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Risk Factors Include:
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