If you haven't been brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, visiting your dentist occasionally for check-ups or eating properly, your dental system is bound to develop problems. Dental problems aren't fun. Other than experiencing excruciating pain, you might find it difficult to eat or smile.
For this reason, it's vital to educate yourself about various dental problems and their possible causes so you can avoid them at all costs. Below are several dental issues your dentist can treat or help you avoid.
Halitosis or bad breath
Bad breath is one of the most common issues people struggle with today. It's caused by dental problems like dry mouth, gum disease, oral cancer and the accumulation of bacteria on the tongue, and it can affect anyone, regardless of their age.
The good news is that your dentist can help by determining the root cause of the problem. If you have any of the conditions above, then the necessary treatment will be provided.
Sometimes bad breath is caused by certain foods and drinks like sweets, onions, garlic or alcoholic drinks. The dentist will recommend that you brush after every meal and visit them if the odour persists.
Most adults and kids today are struggling with cavity issues. Cavities occur when plaque from foods that are high in starch or sugar content accumulates on the teeth's surface. The bacteria in your mouth thrive on starch and sugar, so they'll end up eating the enamel too.
Before you know it, the protective layer will be gone, and your teeth will start decaying. Ideally, you are required to brush regularly and correctly and floss daily to eliminate the plaque. You also need to visit the dentist after every few months to get your teeth professionally cleaned.
So, if you have cavities, you will have symptoms like sensitivity, toothache, tooth stains, visible holes on the teeth and pain while eating. This means that it's time to see a dentist right away for treatment. You'll most likely require fillings and then be asked to avoid taking starchy meals and drinks often.
This is another dental problem that entails experiencing discomfort or pain when the teeth are exposed to hot drinks, cold air, ice cream or other cold drinks. People also experience sensitivity when they floss or brush. This condition may occur when you have a cracked tooth or tooth abscess. The good news is that your dentist can offer a lasting solution to prevent jaw bone infection or teeth loss.
As a mum, I know how essential sport can be to children's development. Through team sports like soccer, kids learn persistence, sportsmanship and the value of supporting their team members. However, all that learning carries some risk as well, and a stray elbow or a ball to the face can result in oral injuries. I have been the mum rushing to the emergency room with a precious permanent tooth sitting in a cup of milk. Admittedly, at the time, I wasn't even sure if the cup of milk was the right solution. As a parent, you will face those situations, and I'm here to make sure you know what to do when they pop up. With this blog, let's explore children's dentistry and sports injuries together... I want you to have the info you need to stay cool, calm and collected, regardless of how many teeth are on the pitch.