Many people don’t realize the connection between oral health and overall health. The mouth serves as a window into a person’s health, but there is much confusion about how oral care affects a person’s wellbeing. Here are some of the most common myths about oral hygiene:
Tooth Decay is Mainly Caused by Sugar
Contrary to popular belief, sugar is not the leading cause of tooth decay. Acids from naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth combine with your saliva, resulting in plaque buildup on your teeth that needs to be removed daily. That plaque is what is responsible for tooth decay, and happens most often during the consumption of carbohydrates.
Silver Fillings Pose No Health Risks
Over half of all silver fillings contain mercury, and over time, that mercury can leech out into the mouth and into the body. Mercury has been linked to a number of illnesses, and fillings containing the potentially dangerous element should be replaced or avoided all together. People with silver fillings who have a habit of grinding their teeth, drinking carbonated beverages, or chewing gum often may be more prone to this effect than others.
Gum Disease is Uncommon
Not only is gum disease more common than many think, a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 50% of all adults over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Additionally, as we age, we are naturally more susceptible to infection, including those of the gums. 64% of adults over 65 have moderate to severe gum disease.
Diabetes Means Gum Disease
Many people deal with diabetes every single day, and it affects how the body processes sugar, often leading to issues in the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Poor blood sugar regulation makes it difficult to control gum disease, but it does not directly cause gum infections.
The best way to avoid mouth issues is to make oral hygiene a priority in your life. Regular brushing, flossing, and trips to your dentist for checkups and cleanings are a must.
Your local dentist, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of experience to resident in Leesburg, Fl and surrounding communities in Lake and Sumter County. He brings a warm and caring approach to the profession to minimize pain and ensure you understand what each procedure entails. For more information about caring for your teeth, or to schedule an appointment, contact Eddie Orobitg Dentistry at 352-702-4147 today.
Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, and at Dr. Orobitg’s office, we will take every possible measure to preserve natural teeth. There will be times when we may have to recommend a tooth be removed to preserve your dental and overall health.
In some cases, that may require a surgical tooth extraction. Here are some of the reasons a surgical tooth extraction may be necessary, and how it is different from other extractions.
Why a Tooth Can’t be Saved
Although orthodontists may extract teeth to reduce crowding, and dental surgeons extract wisdom teeth because of their awkward position behind your molars, teeth most typically have to be removed due to trauma or disease. If a tooth cannot be repaired with a filling, crown, or because of an accident or excessive decay, extraction may be the best course of action. Additionally, teeth that are not supported by an adequate amount of bone due to periodontal disease may also be candidates for removal if periodontal procedures are unsuccessful.
Simple vs. Surgical Extraction
Data shows that surgical tooth extraction is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States. When a tooth is visible above the gum line and a dentist can remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. When a tooth has yet to grow in (in the instance of a wisdom tooth, for example), the dentist will need to remove gum tissue or bone in order to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction and it requires stitches to heal properly.
Surgical extraction may sound daunting, but the procedures and anesthesia used by dentists today mean there is little to worry about.
Your local dentist, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of experience and excellence in dentistry to Leesburg, FL residents. He brings a warm and caring approach to the profession and ensures you understand what each procedure entails. For more information about tooth extraction or to schedule an appointment, contact the Orobitg Dentistry at 352-702-4147 today.
A question we get all the time here at our office is “what’s the difference between plaque and tartar?” Many think they are the same thing, but there is an important difference between the two! Understanding the difference helps explain why a comprehensive daily oral hygiene routine is so important, in addition to semi-annual visits to your dentist for a routine checkup.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and around your gums throughout the day. The biggest problem with plaque is that it contains millions of bacteria that are fueled by the foods you eat each day – especially carbohydrates and sugar. When those bacteria take in nutrients, they produce acids that erode your tooth enamel and can cause cavities.
A good daily oral hygiene routine helps prevent tooth decay by eliminating plaque buildup before it can do damage. You should brush at least twice a day and floss once per day. Increasing water intake and chewing sugar-free gum after meals can also help fight plaque buildup!
What is Tartar?
While plaque is the sticky film that builds up on teeth, tartar is what accumulates when that plaque is not removed. If plaque is allowed to stay on teeth for too long, it hardens into tartar which is much more difficult to remove.
Tartar can cause more than cavities, though. It can cause tooth discoloration and sensitivity, as well as gum recession and periodontal disease in extreme cases. The best way to reduce tartar formation is to maintain a consistent regimen of brushing, flossing and professional cleanings at least twice a year.
Your local dentist, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, and his caring team of dental hygienists, offers more than two decades of experience to Leesburg, FL residents. They bring a warm and caring approach to the profession. For more information about plaque and tartar buildup or to schedule an appointment, contact the Orobitg Dentistry at 352-702-4147 today.
If you’ve ever suffered from a toothache, you know how much they can hurt. Tooth pain can be so relentless and become so severe you find you can’t work, eat or sleep.
While there are several reasons for tooth pain, many toothaches are caused by simple tooth decay. So just what is it that causes our teeth to decay?
The top five causes include:
Inadequate Oral Hygiene
Bacteria in our mouths produces lactic acid which damages tooth enamel, eventually leading to tooth decay. Regular brushing and flossing prevents the buildup of plaque, which is a breeding ground for bacteria in the mouth. Less plaque means less bacteria, and less bacteria means less tooth decay.You should brush and floss at least twice each day, and if you can brush after each meal, you should.
Smoking is bad for every single aspect of a person’s health, including oral health. If you smoke, you are at an increased risk for cavities, as are those who are exposed to second-hand smoke.
Dehydration is very damaging to teeth. Alcohol tends to dehydrate you, which decreases the amount of saliva in your mouth, allowing bacteria to cling to your teeth more. Additionally, alcohol has a high sugar content, which accelerates tooth decay.
Eating sugar in excess isn’t only bad for your waistline, it’s bad for your teeth as well. Eating candy and drinking sugary drinks invites bacteria to breed in your mouth. The bacteria is able to convert that sugar into waste (lactic acid), which can accelerate tooth decay.
Fluoride is used to help fight and prevent tooth decay, which is why it’s present in many water systems, toothpastes and is available from the dentist as a tooth treatment. Fluoride strengthens enamel and makes teeth stronger against lactic acid.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, need a dental cleaning or are concerned about possible tooth decay, call Eddie Orobitg, DMD to schedule an appointment at 352-702-4147. We’re redefining the dental experience!
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