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By John R. Gagne, D.D.S
January 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   tooth pain  
SeeYourDentistifYoureExperiencingOneofThese3OralProblems

If your dental health isn't in the best of shape, a survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) says the cause is likely one of three common oral health problems. The survey asked around 15,000 people across the country what kinds of problems they had experienced with their teeth and gums, and three in particular topped the list.

Here then are the top three oral health problems according to the ADA, how they could impact your health, and what you should do about them.

Tooth pain. Nearly one-third of respondents, particularly from lower-income households and the 18-34 age range, reported having tooth pain at one time or another. Tooth pain can be an indicator of several health issues including tooth decay, fractured teeth or recessed gums. It's also a sign that you should see a dentist—left untreated, the condition causing the pain could lead to worse problems.

Biting difficulties. Problems biting or chewing came in second on the ADA survey. Difficulties chewing can be caused by a number of things like decayed, fractured or loose teeth, or if your dentures or other dental appliances aren't fitting properly. Chewing dysfunction can make it difficult to eat foods with greater nutritional value than processed foods leading to problems with your health in general.

Dry mouth. This is a chronic condition called xerostomia caused by an ongoing decrease in saliva flow. It's also the most prevalent oral health problem according to the ADA survey, and one that could spell trouble for your teeth and gums in the future. Because saliva fights bacterial infections like gum disease and helps neutralize acid, which can lead to tooth decay, chronic dry mouth increases your risk of dental disease.

If you're currently dealing with one or more of these problems, they don't have to ruin your health. If you haven't already, see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible: Doing so could help alleviate the problem, and prevent even more serious health issues down the road.

If you would like more information on achieving optimum dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 3 Oral Health Problems.”

By John R. Gagne, D.D.S.
September 13, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Learn the telltale signs that might mean that your little one is dealing with dental caries.

With the amount of sugar that kids get on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that there are more and more children dealing with cavities. But it cavitiesisn’t always easy to tell that your child has a cavity, which is why after the age of one, your child should be visiting their Waterbury, CT family dentist Dr. John R Gagne regularly to check for cavities and other issues.

Here are some of the most common signs that your child might have a cavity:

  • Pain while chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
  • Sensitivity to sugary foods
  • Dark spots on teeth

As you can see, there aren’t many symptoms that forewarn you that your child has cavities. So, what can you do to make sure that your child’s smile remains healthy and cavity-free? There are several things, but the number one way to protect your child’s teeth is to make sure they visit their Waterbury, CT dentist every six months for routine care. It’s through these routine checkups that we can examine their smile and detect problems as soon as possible before they cause more serious issues.

Other things you can do to reduce your child’s risk of cavities include:

  • Eliminating that sweet tooth: Avoiding sugar as much as possible will go a long way to improving your child’s health. Sugar wreaks havoc on teeth, no matter your age. By avoiding sugary drinks and foods and focusing on a healthy, balanced diet, you can reduce the likelihood of dental caries.
  • Getting fluoride treatment: While some community water may have enough fluoride in it to keep teeth healthy, that isn’t always the case. Check with our Waterbury general dentist to find out if fluoride treatment could help reduce your child’s chances of cavities. Fluoride is a great way to strengthen tooth enamel and assist in cavity prevention.
  • Considering dental sealants: Molars are more susceptible to decay than other teeth because there are so many nooks and crannies that it can be challenging for your child to really brush them as thoroughly. But this tooth-colored plastic can be applied painlessly over the chewing surfaces of a tooth to keep out plaque, bacteria, and food.

If your child is complaining of dental issues, or if you just need to schedule your little one’s next visit with us, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call our Waterbury, CT dental office. We will work with your family’s busy schedule to get an appointment that works for everyone.



John R. Gagné, D.D.S.

John R. Gagné

Dr. Gagné, a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of Laser Dentistry, is committed to providing his patients with comprehensive dental care.

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