Oral diseases ranging from cavities to cancer are all serious threats to your oral health. Your oral health is an important part of your overall health. Research shows there may be a link between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies.

Left unchecked, hidden threats to your oral health - such as gum disease, root cavities and infections and oral cancer - can lead to severe pain, loss of teeth and serious health implications.

Only your dentist has the skills, training and expertise to identify and address all your oral health care needs. The information on this section is intended for informational use only and does not substitute the professional care of your dentist. If you have a question or concern that is not covered in this section, please contact CDA or ask your dentist.

Gum Disease - Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems adults face, but gum disease can begin at just about any age.

Gingivitis - Gingivitis is a term used to describe inflammation of the gums.

Cavities - A cavity is a very small hole that forms on the surface of a tooth.

Oral Cancer - Oral cancer is a disease resulting from abnormal cell growth in the mouth, lips, tongue or throat.