Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is essential for overall health, so knowing how to prevent these problems is important. Here are some common oral health issues, along with tips on how you can avoid them:
Gingivitis is a gum disease that can cause bad breath and tooth sensitivity. It's caused by plaque, which builds up on your teeth as you eat. As the plaque builds up, it gets harder to get rid of and forms over time into tartar (thick deposits of minerals).
Plaque also causes gingivitis in two ways:
Periodontal disease results from inflammation and infection in the tissues that support your teeth. It can affect any part of your mouth, but it's most common in areas where you have:
Gum disease is a common problem with many causes, but it can be prevented by brushing and flossing regularly.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that live in your mouth, including:
Tooth decay or cavities are a problem that can affect anyone, but they're more common in children and adults who have poor oral health. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that live on the surface of your teeth. The bacteria feed on sugars found in food and drink, producing tartar (tarter = plaque) which hardens into a layer on top of your tooth enamel. Over time this hardens into calculus (calculus = tartar). Over time, if you don't remove this material with regular brushing and flossing, you'll get cavities which may eventually lead to gum disease, tooth loss, or other problems such as crooked teeth or sensitivity from heat or cold foods.
Dry mouth is a common problem. If you experience dry mouth, it can cause bad breath and may also lead to other oral health problems.
A dry mouth occurs when the saliva glands in your cheeks are not producing enough salivary fluid. Saliva helps clean your teeth by removing food particles and bacteria daily. When there isn't enough saliva, plaque builds up on the teeth, causing gingivitis (gum inflammation). This gum infection can lead to tooth decay if left untreated for too long; if left untreated much longer, it could result in tooth loss or damage beyond repair!
Oral health is essential for overall health. It can affect your gums and teeth, leading to other problems like heart disease and diabetes. Preventing oral problems is easy: brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (or use an electric device), floss once a day, see your dentist regularly so they can check on the health of your mouth, and make sure you eat healthy foods that aren't hard on the teeth/gums. If you already have problems with your mouth, don't worry—there are many ways to treat them!
Caring for your teeth and gums is the best way to prevent these problems. It's always important to brush and floss regularly, but it's essential if you have any of the abovementioned issues. If you're concerned about your oral health, talk to your dentist about what can be done for you!