Dental issues, of one kind or another, plague all of us to some degree. From typical sensitivity and sores, to cancer and gum disease, there is a spectrum of simple, solvable problems and more serious complications. It is important to be informed on when to contact your dentist, and when to make at-home oral heath more of a priority. Here are the top dental issues with short explanations and links to a more detailed blog on each subject.
Also called halitosis, bad breath affects 85 percent of people in the US. While bad breath often affects individuals after consuming certain foods or drinks, it can prove to be persistent. For example, conditions like gum disease, oral cancer, dry mouth, and bacteria can be the reason for chronic bad breath. Using mouthwash can help on those days when you eat something a little too potent, but won’t cure the chronic issue.
More Detail: Does Bad Breath Mean Bad Brushing?
While not technically a dental problem, having crooked, stained, or missing teeth can put a damper on your confidence. If you are wiling, dentist’s like Dr. Leonard, offer teeth whitening, dental implants, derma filler, Invisalign and other cosmetic dentistry practices.
More Detail: Is It Too Late For Braces?
Mouth sores, canker sores, or cold sores can be pesky but are typically nothing to worry about. If they last more than two weeks it’s time to contact a dentist. There are many at-home remedies online to alleviate the possible irritation that comes along with them.
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental issues. Typically occurring from hot or cold food and drinks, it can also be from sweets, acidic foods or drinks and cold air. This can be a sign of a cracked tooth, exposed dentin, and other issues.
Tooth decay, or cavities, it’s second only to the common cold as the most prevalent disease in the US. Tooth decay occurs when plaque combines with the sugars or starches from the food you eat. This creates an acid that attacks your tooth enamel.
Also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the main causes of adult tooth loss. Interestingly enough, studies have found that there is a link between gum disease and heart issues. Smoking can increase your risk, though it typically doesn’t occur under your 30’s.
While curable, and most often seen in people over the age of 40, oral cancer is a serious and potentially deadly, disease. When you smoke or chew tobacco, or drink alcohol you are increasing your risk of getting oral cancer. The symptoms include lumps, sores, rough areas in your mouth, and difficulty chewing or moving your tongue.
Brushing twice a day, flossing, eating right, and getting regular dental checkups can help you avoid the the pain and discomfort that may come along with these problems. If you find these issues becoming chronic, contact your dentist.