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Dental problems are never any fun to deal with, but the good news is that most of them can be easily prevented by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating properly and going for regular dental check-ups.
Other than the usual, what are the five most common dental problems you could face and how can you prevent them?
1) Bad breath/Halitosis
Bad breath is one of the most common problems found in adults everywhere. It is also called halitosis, and can be very embarrassing to live with. It can lead to a number of other problems like Gum disease, oral cancer, dry mouth and bacteria on your tongue. Using mouthwash to cover up bad breath will only mask the odor, not cure it.
Another potential source of halitosis is a post nasal drip, which can cause bad breath due to the amount of bacteria attracted to the resulting mucus and phlegm.
A simple procedure you could follow at home to help your halitosis is daily tongue scraping.
2) Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by three factors: Bad oral hygiene, smoking and genetic susceptibility.
Often, gum disease sufferers don't often show symptoms their 30's or 40's, although gingivitis, a milder form of the disease is of common occurrence in teens.
Periodontics is the more severe form of gum disease and is often linked to a greater risk of heart attacks or strokes. This can be caused by the bacteria inhaled or that enter your blood through the gums, eventually affecting your heart and lungs.
Symptoms of gum disease include constant bad breath, swollen or bleeding gums and loose or sensitive teeth. While treatment includes deep cleansing or scraping tartar from below the gum line, it has been observed that regular brushing and dental check-ups play an important role in preventing gum disease.
3) Mouth Sores
There are different types of mouth sores and all of them are pesky and bothersome. While they last for about two weeks, it is usually nothing to worry about, as it disappears on its own.
Essentially, there are two types of mouth sores: Canker sores and herpes.
Canker sores are non-virus based and are caused by everything from stress to a plain hereditary problem. Most people let them heal themselves, which takes about 12 days or so.
Herpes is virus-based and contagious through contact, like kissing, or sharing glasses. It involves skin lesions around the mouth and lips and has no cure. However, It is treated with anti-viral creams and pills.
4) Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. They are the catch-all of oral health problems, and can be caused by just about anything – Cavities, Impacted wisdom teeth, gum disease and more.
Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing, though the good news is that sensitive teeth can easily be treated.
Tooth sensitivity caused due to accidents or such should be treated with much more importance and shown to a dentist immediately, as prolonging it only leads to more pain.
If you ever experience any of the problems mentioned above, visit your dentist as soon as you can.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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