The teeth are extremely important. They are what we use to eat. They give us our smile. Teeth even help create our voice when we speak. Unfortunately, a lot can go wrong with your teeth. It’s important to understand common dental problems and how to deal with them properly. If you don’t, the consequences could be quite severe. To help expand your knowledge in this regard, below is an explanation of four common teeth problems and how to deal with them.

Cavities

One of the most common dental problems people face is the cavity. Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are holes that can grow in the enamel of your teeth. They are created when sugar or starch from your food combines with plaque, a substance that naturally forms on teeth, to create enamel destroying acid. Preventing cavities requires brushing and flossing to remove plaque and any remnants of food in your teeth. Treatment once cavities form involves a dentist drilling these holes and replacing the affected enamel with fillings.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a kind of infection that attacks the gums near the teeth. It can be a major problem that can result in tooth loss. In more extreme cases, it may even be related to heart disease. Preventing gum disease requires brushing, flossing and rinsing. Smoking and having a consistently dry mouth can also lead to gum disease. Tooth loss may require the use of dentures or dental implants to replace the teeth.

Bad Breath

While not as dangerous as certain other dental problems, one dental issue that can certainly be embarrassing is halitosis. This is the disease that is responsible for most cases of bad breath. While bad breath may not be dangerous on its own, it may also be connected to more serious issues like cavities and gum disease. Overall, the solution to this problem is to use mouth rinse. If the mouth rinse doesn’t solve the problem, you may have more serious issues that a dentist should look into.

Sensitive Teeth

Another common dental issue is persistently sensitive teeth. Typically, this is pain or discomfort felt when the teeth come into contact with cold or hot food or air. The discomfort may even be felt when brushing or flossing. This could be the sign of a cavity. It could also be the sign of a crack in your tooth. It may even be caused by an abscess. Overall, you need to go to a dentist if you feel this kind of discomfort.

Dental issues can be dangerous. They can also badly inhibit your quality of life. If you experience any noticeable dental issue, go to a dentist. You can also prevent serious teeth problems through brushing, flossing and rinsing on a regular basis. Not doing so is foolish.

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Lizzie Weakley

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