10 Common Dental Problems and How To Avoid Them
Sadly, there are a lot of dental problems we can encounter if we are not good to our teeth. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent most of them. We have compiled a list of 10 common dental problems and how to avoid each. Ready? Then here they are:
- 1. Bad breath
- 2. Tooth decay/cavities
- 3. Gum (periodontal) disease
- 4. Oral cancer
- 5. Mouth sores
- 6. Tooth erosion
- 7. Toothaches
- 8. Yellow teeth
- 9. Wisdom teeth
- 10. Tooth sensitivity
We all have experienced the insecurities of having bad breath. It is an extremely common dental problem. Sometimes it’s from something we eat, others say it is from the bacteria that clings to our tongues that gives off the foul odors or certain medical conditions, such as dry mouth. Then there is the possibility of having a postnasal drip that causes the issue, which can be treated with anti-histamines prescribed from your primary care provider. Other ways of dealing with your bad breath, if it is not a postnasal drip, is by brushing regularly and being particularly attentive to tongue scraping. Also, you can never go wrong with a temporary fix, for those date-like or other types of emergencies, with sugar-free gum.
Certain bacterium causes our teeth to decay, which can lead to cavities, tiny holes in the teeth. This type of bacteria isn’t the same one known to cause gum disease (periodontitis); however, if the cavity irritates the gum, it can lead to gingivitis or periodontitis. The main way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing every day, going to your regular dental check ups and avoiding sugary snacks and beverages.
Gum (periodontal) disease
Studies have shown that gum disease is linked to heart attacks and strokes. It is an infection in the gums that surrounds the teeth and leads to tooth loss. Regular dental visits and the same brushing and flossing routine mentioned earlier plays a major role in the prevention of gum disease.
Oral cancer is a deadly disease that affects numerous people. It is estimated that someone in the U.S. dies every hour of every day from oral cancer, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. This cancer is pertinent to the mouth, lips or throat and is highly curable if diagnosed and treated in its early stages. Therefore, it cannot be stated enough that you should always see your dentist regularly.
Mouth sores can be so uncomfortable and annoying. They usually are nothing to worry about, unless they last more than two weeks, and will disappear on their own. If they do not disappear you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The most common sores are: canker sores, fever blister, cold sores, ulcers and thrush. There isn’t much that can be done to prevent these nuisances, but if they are severe there is now a laser treatment that can remove them in roughly 15 minutes.
Tooth erosion isn’t necessarily a “common dental problem.” It is mainly seen in patients who are bulimic. Their stomach acids cause the tooth enamel to dissolve and in serious, long-term cases can cause the teeth to dissolve completely to the gum line. Because bulimia or other vomit-induced issues one may be encountering can cause tooth erosion, they should seek a medical professional to help with the issue to help prevent the tooth erosion.
Many things can cause tooth sensitivity. Sometimes it is because of the root of the tooth becomes exposed and fluids and air can indirectly stimulate the nerve in the center of the tooth. You can prevent your tooth pain by avoiding too hot or too cold beverages/foods that irritate them. Also, you can brush with sensitivity toothpastes. Nonetheless, you should always see your dentist to figure out what is really going on. It could be as serious as having cracked teeth or your gums receding.
Yellow teeth aren’t really considered a dental problem, but they are major concerns of patients. The foods and beverages we consume often cause the yellowing of the teeth. Red wine and coffee are mainly to blame. So, the best way to prevent yellow teeth is to cut out certain drinks and foods and upkeep your dental hygiene. Sadly, there are those who just happen to have yellow undertones naturally and aren’t caused by anything. The upside is there are plenty of options from laser whitening and drug store options. Consult your dentist for the best option for you.
Unfortunately, some of us get wisdom teeth and others don’t. Also, some of us have room for the extra teeth coming in when there are others who don’t. There really is no way to prevent these teeth from coming or getting removed. The point is you need to see a dentist the second they come in, so you know if they can stay or if they need to be removed to prevent infection or eruptions to your other teeth.
Any of the things mentioned above or any other serious dental emergencies can cause toothaches. Your best bet to prevent these aching feelings is to practice good oral hygiene, see your dentist regularly and see them the exact moment you encounter a toothache.
Overall, you can prevent a lot of dental problems by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly.