Tooth Decay & Damage

Tooth decay is the destruction of teeth due to the interaction of teeth with bacteria and food. Plaque build-up can lead to tartar formation and, eventually, cavities (dental caries) and/or gum disease. Tooth injuries can involve a damaged, fractured or cracked tooth, as well as trauma such as tooth loss. Bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) can lead to tooth surface loss.

Tooth Injuries

Tooth Injuries

Summary Tooth injuries may include damage to teeth as a result of falls, accidents and other mishaps. These injuries can cause teeth to become chipped, cracked, partially displaced or completely dislodged from the socket in the mouth. In most cases, a tooth injury requires the care of a dentist or other medical professional. The severity …

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Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay

Also called: Dental Caries Summary Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth enamel by dental plaque that causes holes known as cavities. It strikes people of all ages, but is particularly prevalent in children ages 5 to 17 years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A sticky film called dental plaque …

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Bruxism

Bruxism

Also called: Teeth Grinding, Clenching Summary Bruxism refers to a chronic clenching of the jaws and grinding of the teeth. The habit is most common in children under the age of 5, but adults also engage in bruxism. Bruxism tends to occur most often during deep sleep, particularly in the early part of the night. …

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