Without wanting to be too gross, our mouths are pretty disgusting places to be, when you really think about it. They’re full of bacteria and old food, so it’s not surprising that they bring up a whole load of problems so such a small part of the body.
From canker sores to cavities, here are some of the most common dental problems, how to recognize them, and what to do about it.
Having a bit of stink breath when you wake up in the morning is completely normal, but if it’s continuing throughout the day, it could be symbolic of a larger problem. From a throat infection to tooth decay, if brushing and flossing your teeth more regularly isn’t helping the stink to go away, it could be worth paying a trip to your dental hygienist who might be able to advise on its source and your next course of action.
Sensitivity occurs when the enamel which coats our teeth starts to wear down, exposing the sensitive nerve endings below to heat changes. The best thing for this is avoidance – avoid chewing hard foods, biting nails, or using your teeth as a bottle opener (cringe). If you do suffer from sensitive teeth, certain types of toothpaste are developed to strengthen the enamel, but you might decide that a synthetic cap might work better.
Gum disease is caused by the bacteria around your teeth, as well as bad habits like smoking, and can cause swollen and tender gums which bleed when you brush them. The best course of action is a good oral hygiene routine – regular brushing and flossing, tongue scraping, and mouthwash. If left untreated it can lead to tooth decay and loss, so it’s worth staying on top of it.
Abscesses in your gums occur when an infection gets under the tooth, and they can be incredibly painful. Treatment can range from antibiotics from your dentist, to a more holistic approach. Have a look here for the best home remedies for abscess tooth from Holistic Dental Institute. Using naturally occurring anti-inflammatories and anti-bacterial substances can really help.
Cavities happen when the softer area of your tooth is exposed to bacteria, which will decay the tooth. Often this will require a filling, or even removal. The only course of action to avoid this is by following a comprehensive oral hygiene routine so that the bacteria never gets a chance to take hold.
Canker sores are caused by bacteria or viruses getting into the soft flesh of the mouth and gums, and can be really uncomfortable for a few days. You can make them less likely by cleaning your teeth well and avoiding acidic or spicy food, but many are unavoidable. Treatment usually includes cold foods and anti-inflammatories, but time is the only real cure.
Our mouths are complex environments, and there’s a lot that can go wrong. The best way to avoid problems is by following a good oral hygiene routine, and making regular visits to your dentist for checkups.