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A Guide to the most common dental problems

A Guide to the most common dental problems


Today, despite of the precautions and care you take of your teeth, most of us suffer from some or the other kind of dental issue at some point of their life. But, with advancements in dental care handling most of these problems can be prevented to a great extent and the treatments are nearly pain free now. Thus, it is important to learn about the causes of few of the common dental problems, some of which are listed below:

Bad Breath

Bad breath is one of the most general dental problems that everyone experiences, at least once in their lifetime. Normally, a person has bad breath in the morning but this is easily taken care of by doing brush, floss and eating healthy. However, a persistent bad breath can be a sign of a more serious cause. The main reason is the tongue as layers of bacteria can breed on it and therefore it is important to daily scrape your tongue. You can chew sugar free gums and use mouth rinses might help to get temporary relief from bad breath. Other cause of bad breath or halitosis includes cavities, gum disease or oral cancer. In short, if you can’t get rid of the smell then it is time to see your dentist.

Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay or dental cavities or caries occurs when sticky bacteria that results from eating sugary or sticking   is allowed to stay on teeth for too long. Generally children and older people especially those with the problem of dry mouth are prone to cavity. The basic thing to do to avoid cavities is to use fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.  Other than this, Children can get sealants done once the adult molars come out and adults can get fluoride treatments to prevent this problem.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth basically means that you feel some sort of discomfort when your teeth come in contact with hot, cold, sweet food/drink or cold wind. Moreover, people with sensitive teeth also have discomfort when brushing or flossing them. Gum diseases, using abrasive toothpastes, gum recession, Plaque build-up are usually the cause of sensitive teeth. In certain cases with the help of desensitizing toothpaste, fluoridated mouth rinse, soft bristled toothbrush, reducing intake of acidic food, maintaining good oral hygiene, one is able to control sensitive tooth.

Yellow teeth

Yellow teeth are due to what we eat and drink (Red wine, sodas, coffee for instance), not following proper dental hygiene or they might naturally have a yellow tone.  The good news is that today there are plenty of over the counter products as well as cosmetic treatment available to help you deal with yellow teeth.

Wisdom tooth pain

While there are some people who need to get there wisdom tooth extracted through surgery and others don’t need to go through such procedures. The reason for this is that for some there is not enough space for this teeth to erupt or they erupts partially causing pain and infection. People don’t know that even if they get all four wisdom tooth extracted it will not affect the ability to bite, eat or speak in any way.

Mouth Sores

There are generally two types of sore namely, canker sores that are non virus and herpes that are virus-based and contagious. There are numerous things that cause canker sores, from stress to hereditary predilection and they typically get healed within 12 days. But those with chronic problem of canker sores can get a laser treatment that just takes 15 minutes. Herpes on the other hand causes skin lesions and small blisters around the lips, month and occurs due to direct contact to the virus via kissing or sharing drinking glasses, which can be treated with anti-viral and creams.

There are numerous home remedies that can be tried to cure such dental problems but it is always prudent to take the advice of your dentist before trying anything to ensure that it suits your body.

Author Bio : Dr. Pat Crawford is an exceptional dentist in Kenosha, WI. To read more articles on dentistry and keeping your mouth clean, Click here to know more.

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