COMMON TOOTH PROBLEMS

25th September 2021

Common Tooth Problems

Dental problems are never any fun, but the good news is that most of them can easily be prevented. Healthy practices such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating properly, and regular dental check-ups are essential steps in preventing dental related problems. In this article, we talk about some of the common dental problems.

BAD BREATH

Bad breath or also called halitosis. About 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition such as gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth, and bacteria on the tongue, there are some of the dental problems that can cause bad breath.

Using mouth rinsing solutions to cover up bad breath when a dental problem is present will only mask the odor and not cure it. If you have chronic bad breath, our Q & M dental specialists can help solve the problem.

TOOTHACHE

No matter how conscientious you are about your oral care routine, at some point in your life you will probably experience the discomfort of a toothache. Though a cavity is the most likely culprit, it is only one of several possible causes of toothaches. Some of the other causes of toothache is either from receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel. One less common, but significant cause of tooth pain is a sinus infection, this sort of toothache is usually accompanied or preceded by nasal congestion and tenderness around your sinuses.

Meanwhile most of the toothache problems are not severe, it can help to rinse your mouth with warm water, floss to remove food caught between teeth, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Whatever the type and severity of your tooth pain, it is best to get a dental specialist and make an appointment. The causes of toothaches are not always clear, and a conclusive diagnosis as to the source of the pain and subsequent professional treatment is always the best course of action.

STAINED TEETH

There are several common causes to stained teeth, among them are the type of food/drinks consumed, medications, tobacco, ageing, genetics and trauma.

Treatment options to rid of stained teeth and whiten them can vary depending on the cause of the discoloration and may include using tooth brushing and flossing techniques, avoiding certain food and drinks, using whitening agents, and to seek help from a specialist to apply bonding or veneers.

CAVITIES

Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are a well-known dental concern. You get them when a sticky bacteria, called plaque, builds up on your teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the food you eat slowly destroys the hard outer shell, called enamel.

Ways to prevent cavities includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar.

CHIPPED TOOTH

One of the most prevalent dental injury is a chipped tooth, it can happen due to an accident from knocking your teeth to a hard surface to chomping a popcorn.

Treatment of a chipped tooth generally depends on its location, severity, and symptoms. Unless it’s causing severe pain and significantly interfering with eating and sleeping, it’s not a medical emergency. Still, making an appointment with our Q & M dental specialist to identify the problem may help avoid infection or further damage to the tooth. A minor chip can usually be treated by simply smoothing and polishing the tooth.

Disclaimer : All information provided is based on best practices and knowledge. There is no guarantee in any of the statement as provided.

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