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what are the common oral health problems?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: Cavities would be the most common. Chronic cavities can lead to oral abscesses, which can potentially spread. Bad breath is also a result of poor oral hygiene.
Dr. Rod Zimmerman
Dentistry 37 years experience
Cavity, gum disease: Common oral problems include tooth decay, gum disease, ulcers, and mal-aligned teeth.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Cavities, Gums top 2: Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. Children aged 2–5 years and half of those aged 12–15 years. About half of all children and two-thirds of adolescents aged 12–19 years from lower-income families have had decay. Advanced gum disease affects 4%–12% of U.S. Adults. More than 7, 800 people, mostly older americans, die from oral and pharyngeal cancers each year.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Many: Cavities (infection) gum disease (infection) malocclusion bad breath tempro-mandibular joint dysfunction these re the most common...Ask your dentist for advice and guidance. Least invasive and costly treatments are done on incipient problems...Don't wait until your body screams back at you.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Classroom ideas for teaching oral health week for 1st graders?

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Dr. Jenny Sung
Pediatrics 24 years experience
ADA website: American dental association has ideas for educators in their smile smart oral health curriculum. www.ada.org have fun!
Dr. J.Todd Martin
Dentistry 36 years experience
You can also reach out to a local dental office and see if they will come in and speak to your class about dental health :)
Sep 17, 2012
A 48-year-old member asked:

Are proxi-brushes good for my oral health?

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Dr. Zuheir Said
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Good oral hygiene is primarly the use of flouride contained in the toothpaste, you may use your index finger too for brushing, remove removable rest of food. Plaques and crusted material inbetween tooth and gum needs the dentest brush.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How do I improve gum and oral health?

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Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
The basics: Brush with a Fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, floss daily. See your dentist every 6 months, with professional cleaning as directed by your dentist. Don't use your teeth to pry things open. Don't graze (eat or drink constantly). Oral pH drops-favorable for cavity producing bacteria when you eat or drink. Wait >2hr between meals/snacks-allowing pH to rise and supress these bacteria.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you get better dental health?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Regular dental check: Good dental health is one of the most important things you can do for general good health. We know, for example, that the risk of heart disease increases the poorer the dental state. Find a good general dentist, get the basic correction of problems--cavities, gum problems, etc; then have a good dental cleaning by a dental hygienist, and learn proper self-care. Hygienist will recommend next visit.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Where can I find information on the net about dental health?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
ADA.org: The ada is the american dental association and should have a lot of resources for you. You could ask your locat dentist as well.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dentistry 24 years experience
The Academy of General Dentistry is another good dental health resource...www.AGD.org
Aug 15, 2012

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