Prevention and early detection are the best ways to catch dental conditions before they become more serious. Many dental conditions will not cause pain or present symptoms in the early stages.
Daily brushing and flossing are the simplest steps you can take to prevent tooth decay and gum disease which, if not treated, can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Teeth grinding or clenching your teeth can damage tooth enamel and break teeth. Preventive measures may include the use of a night guard when sleeping.
Medications or certain diseases or conditions can reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth leading to dry mouth. This can contribute to poor dental health, including tooth decay and gum disease.
Oral cancer can occur in any area of the mouth and can be painless. The dental examination done by your dentist is key to detecting this disease in its early stages.
Daily mouth care and regularly visiting your dentist will help you to prevent and/or control dental disease and maintain good dental health.
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