Thank you for choosing Family Dental Associates as your local Margate, Coconut Creek and Pompano dentists! Our doctors have been serving the community for over 28 years, and understand the importance of good dental care. We are prepared to answer any questions you may have prior to your first appointment, and believe it is important for our patients to understand the root of any common problems they may be experiencing. Therefore, we have provided descriptions of reoccurring issues that our patients seek help with below:
Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Gums in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. One indicator of gum disease is consistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.
Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border.
A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusions.
Make an Appointment Today!
We appreciate you choosing Family Dental Associates as your solution to common dental and orthodontic problems. We are always accepting new patients of all ages in the surrounding areas of Margate, Coconut Creek and Pompano. To make an appointment, please reach us by phone at 954-973-0990. We look forward to seeing new faces in the office, and hope to see you soon!