There are quite a few dental issues that can occur even with a fairly healthy oral care routine and diet. Your mouth is a very sensitive place and it can be very hard to clean all the different surfaces. Since humans are creatures of habit we may develop and keep bad habits without even noticing them, if you want to know how to clean your teeth like a pro, check our blog here.
What are the most common dental problems?
The 9 most common dental problems are:
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Also known scientifically as halitosis, is an affliction that almost everyone experiences from time to time. Some may experience it for different reasons, and it will be more severe for others, if you have bad breath, you can be comforted in the fact that everyone else has had it at some point as well.
Here are a few different causes for stinky breath.
Cavities are another dental affliction that occurs in the majority of patients. It’s pretty common for people, in general, to neglect their teeth in some way. It might be forgetting to brush, or not brushing on purpose, you might even be rushing your oral care routine.
Your teeth may be easy to ignore because they might not appear to need brushing or flossing. Just because you can’t see or feel food particles in your teeth it doesn’t mean there aren’t any. You should always treat your teeth like you need to brush them.
If you are concerned about tooth decay, check out our article here on how to prevent it!
Gum (Periodontal) Disease
Considering how many people neglect to brush their teeth, it’s no secret that gum disease is also very prevalent in many patients. If your gums have ever bled while you were brushing or flossing with them then that could be an early indicator of the disease.
Gum disease needs to be stopped early, here are some indicators to look for:
Some of the biggest risk factors are:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Alcohol use
If you are a regular user of alcohol or tobacco, then oral cancer is something you should be concerned about, and even if you don’t watch out for these symptoms:
- Rough areas in the mouth
- Change in your bite
- Difficulty chewing or moving your tongue or jaw
Sores in or around your mouth
Sores in your mouth are never a good thing, and they are always an inconvenience. Generally, these sores heal within 2-3 weeks but if they last longer, or happen frequently, you should be concerned.
- Canker Sores – These may show up inside your mouth, they aren’t contagious and can be triggered by many things. If you are afflicted by them, make a note of what you are eating, or if your neglecting oral care, before they appear.
- Fever blisters/cold sores – These are most likely caused by herpes simplex virus. If they appear, get them checked out by a dentist or doctor to confirm that what they are before assuming you have herpes though.
- Thrush – This is a common problem caused by yeast infection, if you’re going for regular dental checkups your dentist should be able to spot it and warn you about it.
There are lots of symptoms that are associated with erosion, as long as you do regular maintenance and checkups, it should help prevent most of it.
A few dental implants & procedures that may help are: