Recognizing dental problems or symptoms of oral disease early is essential. Firstly, this can help ensure that you receive the right treatment. Secondly, it helps prevent them from becoming more serious. Our helpful guide will help you learn about some of the most common dental and oral problems.
Dentin hypersensitivity is a common oral health condition. If you have sensitive teeth, you may often experience discomfort. Also, at times experience short/sharp pain. This occurs when the affected teeth get exposed to extreme temperatures. For instance, when eating or drinking hot or cold beverages. All these and more can make daily life very uncomfortable.
Did you know that foods and beverages that are high in acid can wear away and/or damage the enamel? Everyday things like soft drinks, and tea/coffee can all contribute to enamel erosion. Some common signs of eroded enamel are increased sensitivity and yellowish discolouration. Enamel erosion mostly leads to an increase in the risk of developing cavities or infections.
Gum disease is a very common oral health condition. Most adults have gum disease to some degree, and the majority of us will experience it at least once during our lives. In the early stages, it is known as gingivitis. Gum disease can cause red, swollen and bleeding gums – particularly when brushing or flossing your teeth. Gingivitis is in most cases painful. But it is important to be on the lookout for these other symptoms as much as possible. Left untreated, gum disease can ultimately lead to serious oral health problems. Gingivitis can also progress to periodontitis, a more aggressive stage of gum disease.
Saliva helps to fight tooth decay by naturally washing away the acids that cause enamel erosion. It also helps manage gum disease-causing plaque bacteria. Occasional dry mouth is common (especially if you’re dehydrated). However, it could become a persistent problem if left untreated. Similarly, it is also seen as a potential side effect of certain medications.
5.BAD BREATH (HALITOSIS)
Chronic bad breath (known as halitosis) can be an embarrassing and unpleasant condition. Firstly, one has persistent bad breath that won’t go away on its own. Secondly, it is the outcome of an underlying oral health problem, such as an infection; dry mouth; or gum disease. Thirdly, dental problems like cavities contribute to bad breath. This is by creating spaces in your mouth for odour-causing bacteria to become trapped.
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