World Oral Health Day 2015 may have passed, but that doesn’t mean that you should start to neglect your teeth. In fact, every provider of dental health services will tell their patients that every day should be an oral health day.
Many oral health issues are easily preventable if you brush at least twice a day, floss, rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash, and schedule a check-up every six months.
Here are just a few of the oral hygiene issues that can affect you if you don’t:
Cavities occur when the bacteria in plaque combines with sugars and starches found in food to produce acids, which then attack the enamel of teeth. This can be easily prevented by practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling regular trips to your dentist. Avoiding food that is high in sugar is also beneficial.
Tooth sensitivity is when hot and cold beverages, cold air, or sweet food or drinks cause you to experience discomfort or pain. It is an issue that affects millions of people in North America alone, but dental health services can easily treat this condition.
Toothaches and Other Dental Emergencies
Tooth pain can be avoided easily with regular visits to your dentist. However, in the event of a dental emergency, there are many treatments available. In the case of an emergency, it is strongly recommended that you keep the area clean while seeking treatment immediately. And above all else, do not try to treat it yourself!
This isn’t an oral health issue in the traditional sense of the word, but for many, an unattractive smile can lead to issues with their self-esteem. There are a number of dental care treatments available, such as teeth whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic options that can greatly improve the look of your teeth.
Gum disease is an infection of the tissue that surrounds the teeth and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Studies have also found that it is related to a number of health conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes. There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist twice a year is the best way to prevent developing this condition.
In the case of up to 85% of people suffering from bad breath, there’s a dental issue behind it: gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer, dry mouth, and bacteria on the tongue are just a few of the causes. If you suffer from chronic bad breath that brushing and using mouthwash does not neutralize, dental health services may be required.
If you eat a lot of foods that are high in acid, it can lead to tooth erosion. The symptoms range from sensitivity to teeth cracking; luckily, this can be treated easily.
Mouth sores are painful and cause discomfort, but unless they persist for more than two weeks, they are nothing to be concerned about. But if the sore lasts longer than that or you develop sores regularly, book an appointment with your dentist immediately.
Broken Permanent Teeth
There are a number of causes for broken teeth that range from injuries, eating hard candy or ice, and much more. Sometimes, a tooth can be saved, but just as often, your dentist may recommend a dental restoration procedure. If you break a tooth, talk to your dentist about dental care treatments available to you.
Overbite and Underbite
Over- and underbites are caused by either an improperly aligned jaw or bad childhood habits like thumb sucking and can create issues with speaking and eating, as well as lead to gum disease. Dental care treatments vary according to the severity, so consult with your dentist to find the one that is best for you.
Oral cancer is a serious health issue of the mouth, lips, and throat that affects millions of people, with 300,000 cases being diagnosed every year. In fact, the Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that someone dies because of oral cancer every hour in the U.S. alone. However, if it is caught early, it can be easily addressed. Most dentists will perform an oral cancer check at your semi-annual checkup.
Part of your dental care treatment should also include regular visits to Princeview Dental, providers of gentle oral health care at an affordable price. From six-month cleanings to checkups to having an oral health issue or emergency treated, Princeview Dental will help you keep your teeth healthy. Contact us for more information today!
Davenport, T., “Top 10 Common Dental Problems,” About.com; http://dentistry.about.com/od/toothmouthconditions/tp/10-Common-Dental-Problems, last accessed March 27, 2015.