* It is better to have wisdom teeth removed, as they usually cause problems Although it is true that wisdom teeth do cause problems during ones late teens and early twenties, they are not routinely extracted. The decision to have wisdom teeth removed or saved is best left to your dentist. However, in many cases the wisdom teeth decay early as these are the last to erupt.
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Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Dental Caries According to the CDC, approximately 19% of children have untreated dental caries.8 Factors that put patients at the greatest risk for development of dental caries include poor oral hygiene, use of orthodontic appliances, gum tissue recession that exposes root surfaces, and xerostomia.4 Certain pharmacologic agents may cause xerostomia, and pharmacists can general dentist counsel patients taking these agents regarding the importance of treating it if it occurs. Some clinical studies also suggest a correlation between tobacco use and development of dental caries.3-5 Controlling plaque is critical to preventing dental caries, and the most effective way of ensuring good oral health and healthy gingival tissue is to mechanically remove plaque buildup by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.4 Several available oral rinses can also aid in decreasing the formation of plaque and tartar. Conclusion Patients exhibiting signs of periodontal disease should be encouraged to seek treatment from a dental professional.
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