Recognizing Dental Risks

recognizing dental risksOne responsibility you have in your effort to protect your teeth and gums is to recognize the dental risks you face, and respond to them. You are not alone in your efforts. During regular checkups with your dentist, you can have potential issues spotted in an examination, and talk to your dentist about issues that could become a problem. That being said, you still need to pay attention to what is happening with your oral health. You could have a potentially serious problem that you are not aware of. Awareness is one way to lower your chances of needing restorative work from your dentist.

Gum Disease – The Leading Cause Of Adult Tooth Loss

Some patients may not pick up on the poor health of their gums because they do not know what to look for. Gum disease does not cause pain, but it can be spotted if you look for evidence of swelling, redness, or a tendency to bleed. In its advanced stages, gum disease can cause you to suffer tooth loss. You can address this condition by undergoing an ultrasonic deep cleaning.

How You Can Damage Your Teeth While You Sleep

If you find yourself waking up with unexplained pain or sensitivity in your teeth, you might be dealing with bruxism. People with this condition will grind their teeth, often while they sleep – and can do so with enough force to cause real damage. Your dentist can have an insert crafted to keep your teeth safe during sleep.

Saliva’s Role In Defending Your Oral Health

Saliva provides dental support by cleaning your teeth, delivering important minerals to your enamel, and even in fighting oral bacteria. If you find yourself dealing with dry mouth, try to drink more water. Chewing sugar-free gum also helps produce saliva.


With decades of professional dental care experience, native of Kansas City, Robert M Browne, DDS is proud to provide general, cosmetic, restorative, and prosthetic care to patients from Prairie Village and surrounding communities. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.