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Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. This is part two of our blog series about some of the most common oral health issues. Keep reading to learn more about how to maintain your oral health. And in the meantime, schedule an appointment with Camilo Riano Orthodontics to learn about our Invisalign, lingual braces, and Incognito braces in San Francisco.

Gum disease

Gum disease is much more common than most people think. Gum disease or periodontal disease often starts with gingivitis, an infection of the gums due to poor oral hygiene. If you notice your gums are swollen, red, or bleed easily when you brush your teeth, you may be experiencing the early stages of gingivitis. Another sign of gum encroaching gum disease is receding gums where the lower part of your teeth are exposed and may be sensitive to pressure or temperature.

Oral cancer

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer every hour in the United States. And although oral cancer is deadly, it can usually be cured if it’s treated in its early stages. People over the age of 40 are most commonly affected by oral cancer. Visiting an oral health specialist regularly is the best way to prevent oral cancer, and if you still have concerns, you can speak with your dentist about setting up an oral cancer examination.

Bone loss

Bone loss in the jaw is another common oral health concern, especially in old age and if you have lost a tooth or teeth in the past, this will begin the process of bone loss early. When a tooth is secured in your mouth and it’s healthy, the stimulation of chewing regularly preserves the bone in your jaw. However, when that tooth is gone, the bone begins to deteriorate because there is no tooth there for the periodontal ligaments to grab onto. This process is called resorption.

One of the best ways to prevent further bone loss is to have your missing teeth replaced with dental implants. Implants are made of titanium and are held securely in place naturally, like the root of a real tooth. Once they’re in, dental implants help to stimulate to regrow the bone and allow you to chew and speak like you used to. However, if bone loss is severe enough after a tooth is lost, you may need to undergo bone grafting which will make your jawbone healthy enough to receive a dental implant. Speak with a periodontist to learn more about this.   

Malocclusion of the teeth

Misaligned teeth can cause discomfort or pain in the jaw. If a tooth is facing the wrong way or is preventing other teeth from growing in correctly, you may be putting too much or not enough pressure on certain teeth when you bite down. This won’t just cause pain in the tooth that’s affected, but it could lead to bone loss and pain in the jaw below teeth that aren’t experiencing any pressure.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

If you’re worried about any of these common oral health problems, you should speak with an oral health specialist immediately. Although people commonly associate oral health with cavities, there are many other health conditions that start in your mouth — some can even be life-threatening. It’s important to see a health specialist regularly to make sure you are in good health and ensure that you are brushing and flossing daily. Camilo Riano Orthodontics is one of only two incognito braces providers in San Francisco. If you believe misaligned teeth have been causing you discomfort or difficulty chewing, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment.

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