Most people will encounter some type of dental problem in his or her lifetime – however, a large majority of dental problems are actually ones that can be avoided with good dental hygiene habits, including brush twice per day and flossing daily. Regular dental cleanings are also an important part of good oral health.
- Tooth Decay. In fact, tooth decay is not only one of the most common dental problems amongst both children and adults. Tooth decay can occur from eating carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk or cakes, which cause plaque to form on the teeth. Bacteria then begin to feed on the plaque, which produces acid, which ultimately destroys enamel and leads to tooth decay. However, this can be avoided by ensuring that you brush your teeth twice per day, floss at least once per day and have regular checkups every 6 months. In addition, ensure that you eat a healthy and balanced diet and consume less sugar.
- Bad Breath. There are many causes for bad breath, including eating certain foods, such as garlic and onions, tobacco use, health problems and medications. However, bad breath is often caused by poor dental hygiene, which can easily be prevented. In fact, around 85% of people with bad breath have an underlying dental problem, such as cavities, gum disease or bacteria on the tongue. Ensure that you visit your dental clinic for a checkup to determine the cause of your bad breath and maintain good dental hygiene habits in the meantime.
- Tooth Pain (Sensitive Teeth). Experiencing pain or discomfort when eating ice cream, hot or cold drinks or from cold air, is the result of sensitive teeth, which can be caused by cavities, fractured teeth, old and worn out fillings, gum disease, damaged and deteriorated tooth enamel or tooth rot. Regardless, the root cause is often poor dental hygiene. Nevertheless, it can be treated with a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth or with other treatments as directed by your dentist.
- Gum Disease. Gum disease is an infection of the gums due to a buildup of plaque. If left untreated, it can lead to permanent tooth loss. Gum disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis can both be prevented and reversed by ensuring that you brush your teeth at least twice a day (and ideally after every meal) as well as with daily flossing. Periodontal disease, however, requires a visit to the dentist and may require further treatment such as taking antibiotics to control the infection.
If you have any of these dental problems, contact Sierra Dental today. We will take care of you.