Read up on All the Latest Dental News on Our Blog Due to better accessibility to dental health care and fluoridation of water, more of our adult population is keeping their teeth. Over the past 2 decades we have seen a decrease from 17% to 7% of tooth loss in adults. Enamel erosion is becoming one of the major problems seen in adult dentition. The damage to the outer surface of the tooth, enamel, can be caused by erosion due to acids present for prolonged amount of time or biting forces on the dentition. Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. In the early stages, when the gums become swollen and red and bleed easily, it is known as gingivitis. As the conditions progresses, a more serious condition of gingivitis is known as periodontitis. Under these circumstances the gums begin to pull away from the teeth and bone loss can occur. Although it is mostly seen in adults, there are cases of juvenile periodontitis seen in children. Between tooth decay and periodontitis these are the two biggest threats to your oral health. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in most community water supplies. Scientists discovered in the 1940’s that there was an optimum level of natural fluoride in water levels that significantly reduced dental cavities among residents but low enough to avoid serious side effects. The optimum level of fluoride to reduce the incidence of cavities has been determined to be 1 part per million parts of water. As if parents don’t have enough to worry about their newborns, it has now been confirmed in a recent study that the bacteria that causes decay is present in infant bacteria. Cavities are the most infectious disease in children in the United States. By the age of 5, 40% of children have dental cavities. Parents need to take precaution at an early age to help minimize the potential for tooth decay. This includes, cleaning the gums of the infants as this soft tissue serves as a reservoir for bacteria even before tooth eruption. Spooky and scary things can happen on Halloween and the effect it can have on your children’s teeth is enough to give you the chills. As the holidays approach and celebrations begin, parents worry about the effect excess intake of sugar can have on their children’s teeth. I say let them enjoy, but take a couple of precautions along the way. Are you aware your dentist can play an important role in helping diagnose and treat Sleep Disorders? More and more dentists are becoming involved with the physicians that treat sleep disorders. During your dental exam the dentist will ask you questions regarding your sleep habits and snoring problems. Dentists should be involved in the over all health of the patient not just the condition of the teeth and gums. Many of you have experienced bad breath at some time in your life and you hope that it will never happen again. Halitosis affects about 85% of the population at one time or another. By the simple action of reducing the bacteria in your mouth, you can help avoid halitosis. Listed below, you will find some easy steps to diminish the possibility of getting bad breath.