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Importance of Oral Health

The following topics will provide you with information and resources about oral health conditions and diseases affecting you and your family's oral health care. You can find more information about these and other topics at the ADA website, ada.org.



Tooth Decay

  • Tooth decay is a destruction of the tooth enamel. You can help prevent tooth decay by following these tips: Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaner. Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examination.

Periodontal Disease

  • Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. In fact, some form of gum disease affects about three out of four adults after the age of 35. Gum disease is usually painless and you may not know you have it. The good news is that you can help prevent gum disease by taking good care of your teeth every day (brushing and flossing) and by having regular dental check-ups.

Oral Health and Your Total Health

  • Your teeth and gums hold important clues to other health issues. So if you're interested in maintaining good overall health as well as your smile, visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning at least twice a year.

Oral Cancer

  • Your dentist has recent good news about progress against cancer. It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is great. Your dentist has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. You and your dentist can fight and win the battle against oral cancer. Know the early signs and see your dentist regularly.