Dental problems can affect everyone, they are not necessarily a sign of poor hygiene. Your dental health can be negatively affected by many things, including underlying health conditions, medicines and diet. Educating yourself about how to spot the most common dental problems can stop them from developing into serious oral issues later. Here are 5 of the most common dental issues that we will all probably have to deal with at least once in our lifetime.
- Tooth Decay
Tooth decay, or cavities, can happen at any age. As we get older, our tooth enamel erodes and makes us more susceptible to developing cavities. Tooth decay is primarily caused by plaque, the sticky substance that forms on our teeth and makes them feel furry. Plaque combines with the sugars and starches in the foods we eat, which then produces acids that attack and erode our tooth enamel. The best way to avoid this is to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing after each brushing.
- Bad Breath
There is no shame in admitting that we’ve all been there. We all have whiffy breath in the morning – there is no denying that, but some people suffer from terrible breath all day, every day. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be caused by food, smoking, medications as well as poor dental hygiene. If you are concerned you might have a more serious form of bad breath, ask your dentist in Prosper, TX to do a check-up. They will be able to advise you on what steps to take next.
- Stained Teeth
Stained teeth are a very real problem for many people, and are the cause of a lot of our social anxiety. We would all love to have a shiny white smile but sometimes life, and bad habits, get in the way of this. Food, drinks, medication, tobacco and trauma all play a major role in discolouring your teeth. This can be rectified by your dentist with a whitening agent and a special light as part of a cosmetic dental treatment, there are home-remedies you could try but professional whitening works the best.
Toothache is one of the worst pains you will ever experience, I don’t know if this is because we don’t have to deal with it that often so we never become accustomed to the pain (like we do for a headache for example), or if the pain is just that much more severe to begin with. Either way, not a fan of it and I would not recommend it. Toothache can be debilitating and is often a sign that something more sinister is going on in your mouth. You can take over-the-counter painkillers as a toothache remedy and then book yourself an appointment with your dentist.
- Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem that affects millions of people around the world. If you experience any pain or discomfort when you’re eating or drinking cold or hot food or drinks, then chances are you have sensitive teeth too. Sensitive teeth can be treated by using special toothpastes designed to combat tooth sensitivity.