The Most Common Dental Problems

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Dental problems are very hard to bear. Although you can prevent it by taking certain precautions. Brushing twice a day, flossing every day, eating, and regular dental checkups are important steps to prevent dental problems as these are the basics of a healthy smile.

Self-education on common dental problems and their causes can also be greatly prevented. Let us have a look at the common dental problems:

Bad Breath

Bad breath can be embarrassing as it would make you conscious while talking, laughing, or even interacting with your peers. According to dental research, about 85% of people with persistent bad breath suffer from dental disease, which is the culprit.  Gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, dry mouth, and bacteria on the tongue are the possible causes of bad breath.

When dental problems occur, using mouthwash to cover up bad breath will only cover up the odor and cannot be cured. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, please see your dentist rule out these problems.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the second-largest health disease after the common cold in the United States.  Tooth decay is a combination of sticky material plaques formed on the teeth, sugar, and/or starch. This combination of food produces acids that erode tooth enamel.

Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums around the teeth. It is a common cause of tooth decay in adults. There are several studies that prove that there is a link between periodontal and heart disease.

Everyone is at risk of gum disease, but it usually occurs after the age of 30. Smoking is the main risk factor dramatically impacting your oral health. Diabetes and dry mouth are the two other factors that lead to the problem. The common symptoms are redgums, bad breath, swelling, tenderness, or bleeding and painful chewing sometimes. 

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious and fatal disease that affects millions of lives. The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that every hour in the United States people dies from oral cancer, but if diagnosed and treated at an early stage, it can usually be cured. It is most common in people over 40 years of age.

The biggest risk factors are smoking and alcohol abuse, including chewing tobacco. 

Mouth Sores

There are several types of mouth sores, and they can be annoying and painful. Unless the mouth sore lasts for more than two weeks, there is usually no need to worry, it will go away on its own.

Common canker sores are canker sores (aphtha) in the mouth instead of on the lips. They are not contagious and can be triggered by many different reasons. If they don’t disappear after two weeks, it’s just a problem.

Tooth Erosion

Tooth corrosion is the loss of tooth structure and is caused by the erosion of tooth enamel by acid. The signs and symptoms of tooth erosion range from sensitivity to more serious problems such as cracking with severe pain. Tooth erosion is much more common than people think, but it can also be easily prevented.

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