Dental Caries And Gum Disease

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The tongue surface has also been misconstrued when cleaning the mouth. It is understood to use the toothbrush in cleaning the dorsal surface of the tongue. However, that technique only spreads the bacteria around the mouth. A tongue scraper can be purchased instead and will help with bacteria from spreading and malodor. Black 's Classification of dental caries can range from pits, fissures, mesial surfaces, distal surfaces, incisal angle, gingival third, and on cusp tips (Darby, Walsh, 2010, 265). The occlusal and pits on the posterior teeth are the common places to see dental caries. These caries are all seen in the dental facility and can be corrected by a filling if caught in time before traveling to the nerve of the tooth. A root canal would be performed in case the bacteria progresses to the root. In some cases, an abscess is possible if not caught in time. All ages can be at risk for dental caries and gum disease. Early childhood caries (ECC) is a major concern for children all over the world (See Appendix B for an image of early childhood caries). “This type of ECC appears rapidly, commonly affecting maxillary anterior teeth, particularly the facial surfaces not generally considered to be at high risk for decay” (Darby, Walsh, 2010, 262). Commonly this type of caries can be associated with baby bottle syndrome. Risk factors can include lack of fluoride in the water system, low-income family, sleeping with a bottle, not properly cleaning the teeth, and…
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