Answers to 6 Common Oral Health Questions

Posted on: February 15, 2019

In dentistry, we commonly get questions about a wide variety of things and issues at our office. However, we do get some questions much more than others. In this article, we are going to cover the 6 most common questions that we get as well as address the answers to help people learn more about their teeth and overall oral health.

Common oral health questions

What are the six most common oral health questions that we get? Check it out!

1. What causes bad breath?

One of the most embarrassing issues that people can deal with is bad breath. The bad breath, which is also called halitosis, can occur for a variety of different reasons. Determining what the reason is, can be the tricky part to rectifying the issue.

Some of the most common causes of bad breath include certain medications, dry mouth, bacteria buildup, or not having a good daily oral hygiene routine. A dentist can help with all of these issues and help a person achieve good smelling breath again.

2. What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is when bacteria begins forming on the teeth and is not adequately cleaned. When this happens, the bacteria can begin to eat away at the enamel and eventually it will most likely eat its way inside of the tooth. Once this occurs, a cavity has formed. 

Fighting off tooth decay is vital to ensure that no cavities form because eventually cavities turn into severe tooth decay.

3. What is gum disease?

Gum disease is also called periodontal disease and it is when bacteria begins forming on the gums. This could be on the side of or in between teeth. Once this happens, the gums can become inflamed, and gum disease can start. Having this fixed is essential to keep good teeth and a healthy mouth.

4. What is tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem and can be caused by a few different things. It is when someone experiences pain and discomfort from hot or cold beverages, as well as when eating sweet foods with sugar. Once someone experiences what tooth sensitivity feels like they will have no doubt that this is what is occurring!

5. How do I keep healthy teeth?

Although it may seem like an easy answer, having a good dental hygiene regimen that is kept each day is vital – brushing twice per day and flossing will ensure the teeth are kept healthy.

6. Is flossing that important?

Flossing is essential in keeping good oral health. The particles and cleaning that is fone by floss is unique and cannot be done with a toothbrush alone. Flossing once per day is vital for someone to keep good oral health.


Have more common oral health questions? We answered the six most common questions about oral health. However, we know there are many more! Feel free to give us a call, and we can answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us today!

Request an appointment here: or call El Camino Dental Arts at (760) 692-1065 for an appointment in our Vista office.

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