Some people may find it hard to believe, but your oral health actually plays a large role in your overall health and well-being. Poor
oral care can lead to health issues that you wouldn’t even begin to believe such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and much more. Your mouth is literally the home to countless numbers of bacteria, and the best way to eliminate this bacteria is through proper oral hygiene, and regular visits to your dentist.
The Top Ten Most common Dental Problems
Bad Breath: Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be both frustrating and embarrassing for individuals suffering with bad breath, but it is extremely common. Common dental conditions which cause bad breath include gum disease (also known as gingivitis), cavities, dry mouth, bacteria on the tongue, and oral cancer.
Brushing, flossing, using mouth wash and scraping your tongue daily should stop your bad breath problem, unless there is a more serious problem going on. If these methods do not stop your bad breath problem, then seek the assistance of your dentist to find out more.
Gum Disease: Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease and gingivitis, is highly-common and has in fact been linked to health problems such as heart attack and stroke. Periodontal disease is an infection within the gums. Proper oral hygiene, as well as regular routine visits to your dentist can help to prevent this common dental problem.
Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is the second most common disease within the U.S. Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, occurs when the foods that we eat combine with the plaque on our teeth. This is a combination that creates an acid which then attacks the tooth enamel. Eating and drinking healthy, avoiding things like soda, proper and regular oral hygiene, and routine visits to the dentist can help to avoid tooth decay.
Mouth Sores: Most of us have had a mouth sore at one time or another and this type of dental problem typically disappears on its own. Common types of mouth sores include the dreaded canker sore, cold sores, fever blisters, thrush, and ulcers.
Oral Cancer: According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, there are over 300,000 newly diagnosed cases of oral cancer each year and this is a disease that affects millions. It is estimated that one person dies every hour each day in the United States of oral cancer. Cancer of the mouth may include the throat, lips, and the mouth. Oral cancer is highly-curable as long as it’s diagnosed and treated early.
Tooth Erosion: Tooth erosion is caused by acid which attacks the enamel of the tooth and results in the loss of tooth structure. The symptoms of tooth erosion typically range from mild-sensitivity, to a more severe problem resulting in cracking teeth. This dental problem is highly-common, but also highly-avoidable with good oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and healthy living.
The Unattractive Smile: The unattractive smile is a common dental problem resulting from any of the above dental scenarios. This dental problem drives many people to seek out cosmetic dental procedures each year. This problem is also highly-avoidable with proper oral hygiene, routine dental visits, and healthy living.
Tooth Sensitivity: If you suffer with tooth sensitivity, then you know just how painful this can be depending upon the severity of the sensitivity. You may experience tooth sensitivity from eating sweets, drinking hot or cold drinks, eating ice cream, cold air, etc. The sensitive tooth problem is highly-treatable. Visit your dentist to learn more.
Teeth Grinding: The teeth grinding dental problem, also known as bruxism, is a highly-common dental problem. It is also highly-destructive. This dental problem can attribute to hearing loss, pain in the jaw, as well as loosened or cracked teeth.
Teeth grinding is typically caused by stress and/or misaligned teeth. Prevent teeth grinding by implementing daily relaxation exercises to reduce stress, and visit your dentist to find out if you may need orthodontic or restorative dentistry to help realign any misaligned teeth.
Yellow Teeth: While yellow teeth may not be a health problem, it can lead to the “unattractive smile,” as well as low self-esteem.
Yellow teeth can be prevented to an extent by avoiding things that stain teeth such as coffee and tea, smoking, etc., and may be treated with over the counter whitening products or by visiting a dentist for the consideration of professional tooth whitening treatments.