We all know that dental problems are never fun and can cause pain and discomfort. The good news is that most dental problems can be avoided by brushing twice and flossing daily, eating a healthy nutritious diet and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups.
Here are the most common dental problems:
Read about the most common dental problems and what they mean.
Many people suffer from bad breath at some point due to multiple different reasons. Reasons for bad breath can include cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, dry mouth and bad bacteria from not cleaning properly are all reasons.
The use of mouthwash for persistent bad breath will not cure the bad breath and only mask it. There it’s recommended that you visit the dentist for a check-up and clean as any underlying issues will be diagnosed.
Also known as cavities, tooth decay is very common and can occur very easily if you don’t maintain a clean mouth. Tooth decay can occur when plaque joins with sugars to produce acids that eat away at tooth enamel.
Cavities can occur at any age and be avoided by maintaining good oral health by cleaning, having a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco use and excessive alcohol and sugar consumption, as well as visiting the dentist.
If you are suffering from any form of decay, pain or discomfort, it’s important to visit the dentist as you may require a dental filling or another treatment.
Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease and is an infection of the gum tissue. The symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums, sensitive teeth and pain while chewing.
During the early stages it’s known as gingivitis, however advanced forms are known as periodontitis and can cause tooth loss, receding gums and severe infections.
If you have sore, swollen or painful gums it’s important to book in for a check-up and have gum disease treatment, which includes a professional clean.
Oral cancer is a deadly disease that is often curable if it’s diagnosed during its early stages, however it’s often found in later stages when it’s spread.
The biggest risk factors increasing the chance of oral cancer include tobacco and alcohol use, as well as human papillomavirus.
The symptoms of mouth and throat cancer to look out for include lumps, sores, rough patches, painful swallowing, loose teeth, bleeding, speech changes, difficulty moving the tongue and jaw, as well as swollen lymph nodes.
To help reduce the risk of oral cancer and detect it early it’s important to maintain regular dental check-ups every six months or at first sign of a risk. The dentist is commonly the first person to detect oral cancer as they actively screen for it during check-ups.
Tooth erosion is the loss of tooth structure and enamel, caused by ongoing acid attacks and decay. The signs of erosion are sensitivity to more severe issues such as cracking.
It can be prevented by maintaining a healthy diet, good dental hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly.
There are several types of mouth sores and they can get very bothersome. Generally, mouth sores are nothing to worry about as they will disappear on their own.
A common type of mouth sore is the canker sore that occur inside the mouth, and not on the lips. They are only a concern if they do not go away after two weeks.
There are also cold sores and fever blisters which are caused by the Herpes simplex virus. These occur on the outer edge of the lips. They are contagious and will come and go on their own.
Oral thrush is also a form of mouth sore and appear as a yeast infection of the mouth.
If you are concerned about any sores on the lips or inside your mouth, get in touch with the oral health experts at Oracare.
A common problem that impacts millions of people. Tooth sensitivity involves experiencing pain and discomfort which is triggered by cold or heat. Triggers can be cold air, sweets, ice cream, hot drinks and other similar factors.
You may also experience discomfort while brushing and flossing if you have sensitive teeth.
If you begin developing or suffering from sensitive teeth, then please book an appointment with our dentists as sensitivity can be treated.
Toothaches can cause extreme pain and discomfort and should be dealt with by visiting the dentist if it does not seem to be going away or presents severe pain.
Dental emergencies can happen and cannot always be avoided. However, there are measures to help prevent emergencies, such as maintaining good oral health, visiting the dentist regularly and wearing a mouthguard during contact sports.
Dental emergencies include knocked out teeth, extreme sensitivity, uncontrollable bleeding, lacerations and tooth abscesses.
Please contact Oracare on (07) 3286 6914 if you suffer from any form of dental emergency.
Stained or discoloured teeth is not an immediate health problem, it’s rather a cosmetic concern many people may have. At Oracare we have many options including veneers and tooth whitening that may help you.
Generally, a chipped tooth means a piece of the enamel has been chipped off. If this happens, it’s important to contact Oracare as our dentists will repair your tooth through a procedure known as bonding, which uses a tooth coloured composite resin.
Crooked, misaligned and gapped teeth
If you are suffering from either crooked, misaligned or gapped teeth it’s important to think about straightening them up as it offers an abundance of health benefits. Misaligned teeth increase the risk of multiple oral health conditions and chances of your teeth becoming damaged.
At Oracare we offer orthodontic treatments such as fast track fixed braces and clear aligners to straighten smiles.
Excessive grinding and clenching of the jaw can lead to a range of issues regarding the facial muscles, jaws and overall mouth.
Symptoms of teeth grinding, and clenching involves the following:
Headaches, jaw joint pain and ear pain
Aching teeth, usually after waking up
Partner notices grinding sounds
Stiffness in the face and temples after waking up
Aching jaws while chewing
Clenching the jaw while anxious, concentrating and angry
Tooth indentations on the tongue
Cracked and/or chipped tooth enamel
Sore jaw muscles
If you are suffering any of the following above, or any other concerns, please get in touch with the team at Oracare as we have treatments options available, including orofacial myofunctional and splint therapy.
Wisdom tooth problems
Wisdom teeth can be the cause of multiple dental problems such as overcrowding of existing teeth, impaction of teeth and cause problems such as pain, infections and difficulty chewing.
If you believe your wisdom teeth may be causing problems, it’s best to contact the team at Oracare as you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
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If you notice any pain, sensitivity, discomfort or another symptom, then please get in touch with the team at Oracare as we can help you get out of pain.
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