Dental issues can often be a sign of other problems going on with your health. Even minor dental care problems can lead to bigger problems down the road, so make sure to schedule regular appointments with your Highlands Ranch dental experts. You should always be aware of what your body is trying to tell you, so here are some of the most common dental problems to look out for:
Dental problems are never any fun, but the good news is that most of them can be easily prevented. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating properly and regular dental check ups are essential steps in preventing dental problems.
Educating yourself about common dental problems and their causes can also go a long way in prevention. Here is a list of common dental problems:
1. Bad Breath
If you suffer from bad breath, you are not alone. Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be downright embarrassing. According to dental studies, about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame.
Gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth, and bacteria on the tongue are some of the dental problems that can cause bad breath. Using mouthwash to cover up bad breath when a dental problem is present will only mask the odor and not cure it.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath, visit your dentist to rule out any of these problems. Read more about the top seven ways to prevent bad breath.
2. Tooth Decay
Did you know tooth decay, also known as cavities, is the second most prevalent disease in the United States? (The common cold is first.) Tooth decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the food we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.
You can get cavities at any age, they aren’t just for children. As you age, you can develop cavities as your tooth enamel erodes, and dry mouth due to age or medications can also lead to cavities.
The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and going to your regular dental check ups. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay. Your dentist can recommend further treatments that may help reduce your risk. See seven ways to prevent cavities.
3. Gum (Periodontal) Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. It is also one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. Some studies have indicated that there may be a link between heart disease and periodontal disease.
Everyone is at risk for gum disease, but it usually occurs after age 30. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors. Diabetes and dry mouth also increase your risk.