We know that having problems with your oral health can be stressful and painful. The good news is that most dental problems are easily prevented, allowing you to avoid expensive and uncomfortable treatments and procedures.
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. Good oral hygiene includes brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day, eating a balanced diet, and visiting SpringRock Dental for a cleaning and a checkup.
Common Dental Problems
Being educated about the common dental problems and their causes can go a long way towards prevention for you and your family. Below is a list of the most common dental problems and the reasons they occur:
Halitosis – Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be an embarrassing condition. According to numerous studies, around 85% of people with chronic halitosis have a dental condition that’s to blame for their bad breath. Reasons for chronic and persistent halitosis include dental cavities, gum disease, dry mouth, and oral cancer.
Tooth Decay –Tooth decay, which causes dental cavities, is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. Tooth decay and dental cavities can occur at any age and are the result of a buildup of plaque and sugar from the food you eat. Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to avoid tooth decay.
Gum Disease – Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is an infection of the gum tissue. It’s also one of the most common reasons for tooth loss in American adults. Smoking, diabetes, and dry mouth increase the risk of gum disease, as do hormonal changes like pregnancy and menopause. If your gum tissue is tender, red, swollen, or bleeds when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease.
Mouth Sores –There are several kinds of mouth sores, but as long as they last less than two weeks, they are typically nothing to worry about. Common mouth sores include cankers, which occur inside the mouth, and cold sores (also called fever blisters) that occur outside the mouth. Canker sores are not contagious, but cold sores are!
Tooth Sensitivity – Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth enamel begins to weaken, exposing the tooth roots. Sensitive teeth can be treated with toothpaste and toothbrushes made especially for those with tooth sensitivity and avoiding hot and cold foods.