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Tooth Decay
One of the biggest causes of tooth decay is the buildup of plaque along the tooth and gum line where bacteria attacks and wears down tooth enamel and may cause gum irritation, inflammation or bleeding. Infection within the inner structure of the tooth such as the pulp and roots may also occur if proper oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and visits are not followed. 

Plaque build-up can also erode fillings or other dental restorations in your mouth leading to costly repairs over time.

Tooth decay may trigger an infection, because gums to pull away from the teeth eat away at the underlying bone structure, and in more serious cause tooth loss. Inside the tooth, decay can slowly destroy the dentin, or inner layer of tooth, along with the pulp containing blood vessels, nerves and other root tissues.

A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates are often responsible for causing plaque that triggers oral issues. If you are concerned your diet may high in sugar or carbohydrates, talk to one of our dentists to review your concerns and help you decide better solutions so you are less likely to experience tooth decay.

Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the  teeth . It is also referred to as periodontal disease.

There are two types of gum disease:

  • Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that only affects the gums and soft tissue around the teeth.
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  • Periodontisis, a more is a more severe form of gum disease. It spreads below the gums and damages the tissues and bone that support the teeth.


Halitosis (Bad Breath)
Halitosis is common for many people, often caused by decay from particles of food that causes bad breath when breathing. Without proper oral hygiene, left over food particles remain in the gaps between teeth, as well as on the gums and tongue.  If halitosis persists or advances, it becomes known as chronic halitosis.  

While there are products available to temporarily refresh our breaths, people often do not take the steps to address the root cause of halitosis.

Other conditions such as gum disease, eating certain foods, taking particular medications or poor health habits such as smoking can also cause bad breath.

Proper oral hygiene, such as brushing at least twice daily, flossing and rinsing are the most effective methods to eliminate bad breath, while lowering the chances of developing plaque and gingivitis. 

An anti-bacterial mouthwash may also be helpful, and regular dental checkups are necessary.

This also applies to denture wearers and anyone else who has had dental work done.


Persistent halitosis may be a sign of a health issue such as a gastrointestinal, respiratory or sinus ailment. Talk to your dentist who can assess you and figure out what is causing your halitosis.