Top 5 Oral Concerns – All are preventable and treatable! Regular brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups can treat or prevent most conditions on this list. 1. Bad Breath- AKA Halitosis. No one can deny that food choices can pay a part in how fresh your breathe smells, but your daily routine can play a major role as well. Through brushing, flossing and a tongue scraper are sure to help improve the condition. Mouth rinses can help in a pinch, but most food odors are stored on the tongue, so brushing your tongue would be most effective. Chronic bad breath can be a sign of gum disease. 2. Tooth Decay – Combining plaque and bacteria on your teeth is a recipe for cavities. Bacteria produce an acid that cause tooth decay to develop. Regular brushing for two minutes twice a day as well as daily flossing removes plaque formation and can prevent cavities. If a cavity does develop don’t worry we can fix it. Just remember the earlier it is found the easier to fix. Don’t delay your check ups. 3. Canker sore – While the exact cause of canker sores is unknown it is believed that stress, diet and a weakened immune system can play a part. Dry mouth or xerostomia can also lead to frequent breakouts, speak with your dentist to help determine your risk factors. Also a Debacterol treatment can be effective to shorten the duration of Canker sores. 4. Gum Disease – Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and certainly is reversible. If it progresses it can eventually lead to tooth loss. If you are experiencing sore, swollen or bleeding gums you could be at risk. Sadly, gum disease is often painless, making it more important for regular checkups to make sure your teeth and gums are health. If signs of gum disease are present treatment options are available, speak with your dentist to determine what would be best for you. 5. Receding gums or a gummy smile. Receding gums can be a sign of gum disease, while a gummy smile is typically from having too much gum tissue. Sculpting the gums can remove the extra tissue and result is a better looking smile. Talk to your dentist if you share these concerns.