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Most Common Tooth Problems and How You Can Avoid Them

Common Tooth Problems

Did you know that oral health is extremely important?

It’s not just about having a pretty smile. Essentially, poor oral health can lead to other health problems. And let’s face it, oral diseases can be painful and embarrassing, too. For these reasons, it is best to maintain good oral hygiene habits to ensure overall health.

Dental problems can be tricky to diagnose. Many people don’t even realise they have a problem until it has become quite serious. The best way to know if you are suffering from a dental problem is to be aware of the symptoms and then see your dentist for regular checkups.

Common Tooth Problems and Their Treatment

1. Tooth decay

Otherwise known as cavities, tooth decay is caused by bacteria that collect on your teeth and produce acids that eat away at the enamel. This process is called demineralisation. If not stopped, the bacteria will continue to damage the tooth until the dentin and the pulp (nerve) are exposed.

The key to preventing tooth decay is brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, drinking plenty of water, limiting sugary drinks and snacks, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups every 6-12 months.

2. Gum Disease

Periodontal or gum disease is a serious infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It can cause tooth loss and other health problems if not treated. The sticky film of bacteria on your teeth is called plaque.

Aside from brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, you should also eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables to prevent gum disease.

Gum Disease

3. Discoloured Teeth

When your teeth become stained and yellow, they become discoloured. This is typically the result of tooth decay and cavities. Sometimes, it can also result from drinking coffee or tea, smoking and eating certain foods.

While it is not always possible to prevent discolouration, there are some things you can do to minimise it.

Reduce the amount of coffee, tea, and red wine, avoid smoking as much as possible, and go for your regular check for a professional clean.

4. Tooth Sensitivity

If you have tooth sensitivity, you tend to feel pain when certain foods or drinks are consumed, especially when they are too cold, hot, or sweet. This pain can also be caused by extreme weather temperatures.

Besides visiting your dentist to determine the cause of tooth sensitivity and provide appropriate treatment, it is best to practice good oral hygiene. Avoiding acidic foods and drinks and hard toothbrushing are other ways to prevent this tooth problem.

If you already have tooth sensitivity, you can use a desensitising tooth gel to alleviate the pain like Tooth Mouse.  You can also try rinsing your mouth with ambient water after eating or drinking something acidic.

Tooth Sensitivity

5. Wisdom Tooth Pain

Wisdom teeth are the third molars in the back of your mouth and typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. If they erupt properly, wisdom teeth are valuable, providing extra chewing power and room for your other teeth. However, if they erupt improperly, they can cause various problems, including severe toothache.

Like any other tooth problem, brushing your teeth at least twice daily and visiting your dentist regularly is vital. Regular visits and an initial comprehensive exam, including Panoramic X-rays, can forecast whether the wisdom may be an issue.

6. Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Halitosis is an unpleasant odour that usually originates from the mouth and can be detected on one’s breath. This condition can range from mild to severe and is often caused by poor oral hygiene, certain foods, dry mouth, or underlying health conditions.

In this case, always rinse your mouth with water after eating. You may also chew gum or suck on candy to stimulate saliva production and moisten your mouth. Another preventive means is to use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from its surface. And remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your mouth hydrated.

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

7.  Cracked Teeth

Symptoms of cracked teeth may include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, toothache and/or a change in how your teeth bite together. One way to prevent this dental issue is to go with a dentist for diagnosis and to wear a splint to avoid grinding the teeth. The existence of metal fillings in the mouth is notorious for crack tooth syndrome.

Preventing dental problems is important for both young and adults. Not only do they cause pain and can lead to other health problems, but they are also expensive to treat. So make sure to be vigilant about your oral care needs and hygiene.

It also helps to book a dental appointment with your South Morang dentists. They can provide a dental treatment and maintenance plan to ensure healthy teeth and gums all year round.

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