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.
What are the most common dental problems?
The most common dental problems are:
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Tooth cavities
- Gum (periodontal) disease
- Oral cancer
- Oral sores
- Tooth erosion
- Tooth sensitivity
- Toothaches and dental emergencies
- Cosmetic issues
- Crooked teeth
- Dry mouth
- Swelling of the jaw
- Mouth pain
- Problems with swallowing
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.
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. You might forget to brush, or you might not brush on purpose, you might even be rushing your oral care routine. Bacteria is one of the main reasons why we have cavities in our teeth, did you know that the xylitol in chewing gum can actually make your teeth healthier, it reduces bad bacteria in your mouth! Chewing gum in general is actually pretty good for your teeth and has some surprising health benefits.
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.
Gum (Gingivitis & 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. If you do not like flossing, you can also try a waterpik!
Gum disease needs to be stopped early, here are some indicators to look for:
- Bad breath
- Red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain when chewing
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.
- Cold air
- Hot drinks
- Cold drinks
- Ice cream
Here are some dental emergencies:
- One or more loose teeth
- Severe toothache
- Bleeding sore gums
- Swollen painful jaw
- Dental abscess
If you have gaps in your teeth, an uneven bite, uneven teeth, or other imperfections it can greatly impact the way you smile, or may even impede your speech.
A few dental implants & procedures that may help are:
- Teeth whitening
- Dental implants
- Orthodontics (e.g., braces, retainers)
- Teeth stains
- Crooked teeth – Can be fixed by restorative dentistry
What Is The Most Common Cause Of Dental Issues?
Not seeing the dentist on a regular basis is another common cause!