Problems with your teeth are never fun, but the good news is that most can be prevented. Brushing twice per day and flossing will eliminate many of the possible issues. But another huge factor is having your regular dental checkups. This will keep your teeth healthy and prevent major issues. Here is a list of the most common issues we see and we hope this helps to avoid these dental problems.
- Bad Breath
This is something that can be embarrassing and annoying! Studies have shown that 85% of people that always have bad breath can blame it on a dental condition. The good thing is that many of these can be prevented or taken care of quickly! Gum disease, oral cancer, bacteria, etc. are all causes of bad breath. While mouthwash can help cover the smell, it won’t actually cure it. So you should visit your dentist if it persists. They will be able to diagnose the issue and fix it.
2. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay, or more widely known as cavities, is the second most common disease in the United States. It happens when plaque, and other sticky substances that form on your teeth and combine with sugar to create an acid that will attack your tooth enamel. Anyone can get cavities, not just children. The best way to prevent cavities is by flossing daily and brushing twice each day. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks can help as well. Talk to your dentist if you are getting cavities, even after taking all the of the possible precautions.
3. Gum Disease
This is also known as periodontal disease, and it is an infection of the gums. Gum disease is the main cause of adults losing teeth. It can happen to anyone, but the usually it is adults over the age of 30 that suffer from it the most. Smoking greatly increases the risk of gum disease. If it hurts to chew, or your gums are bleeding, it is likely that you have gum disease. Regular dental exams will help prevent this disease.
4. Oral Cancer
This is a serious dental issue and affects millions of people around the world. This is a deadly disease and roughly 24 people die every day from it. It is curable though if caught early. Most often it is found in people over the age of 40. Tobacco and alcohol use are the most common cause of oral cancer. Usually, the symptoms are sores, lumps or rough areas in your mouth. Or if you have difficulty in chewing or moving your jaw. Again, regular visits to the dentist will protect you from this and the dentist will know what to look for and will be able to help you.
5. Mouth Sores
There are multiple types of mouth sores, and they can be annoying and painful. If it doesn’t last more then two weeks, usually, it isn’t something you need to worry about. Canker sores are the most common mouth sore, and they aren’t contagious. They can be caused by many different things and they should go away relatively quickly.
Cold sores are caused by a virus and occur on the edge of the lip. These are contagious and will come and go, but aren’t totally curable.
There are other types of mouth sores, but these are the most common.
Those are the top 5 most common dental issues that we see. You may notice that many of these can be prevented by visiting the dentist regularly. Unfortunately, many people don’t visit the dentist regularly. You should be visiting the dentist twice per year, and if you do and take care of your teeth in between, you should have great oral health.