Oral health is a very important part of being healthy that often gets overlooked. Many people see dentists’ visits as optional luxuries, and who honestly flosses every day? Keeping up with your oral hygiene is quite important though, if you don’t stick to a good routine you could end up with one of these four oral health problems.
The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This oral health problem can turn into full blown periodontitis if not properly taken care of. This gum disease causes red, irritated, and inflamed gums that can also be painful. You may notice bleeding when brushing or flossing and bad breath. If you do not practice good oral hygiene and brushing habits you can easily be susceptible to gingivitis. To avoid contracting gingivitis brush and floss daily. Proper brushing and flossing will keep plaque off teeth, which will help in turn to reduce tartar levels. Clean healthy gums will not develop gingivitis.
Another very common oral health problem is tooth decay. Tooth decay can be caused by excess sugar, poor oral hygiene, smoking, and dry mouth. To avoid tooth decay, brush your teeth at minimum twice a day and floss once. If you eat something very sugary or a food that leaves particles stuck between teeth floss and brush immediately after if possible. Request fluoride treatments during dentist visits to help sustain healthy teeth and mention any mouth dryness to your dentist as well. An estimated over three million American’s suffer from tooth decay every year, don’t become another statistic by practicing lackadaisical oral hygiene.
Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids is another quite common oral health problem. Tooth sensitivity most often stems from failing enamel. This can happen from brushing too hard, allowing sugar to sit on teeth, and drinking or eating acidic substances. To help keep enamel healthy avoid acidic foods and drinks and use a soft bristled tooth brush. If you do drink or eat something acidic do not brush your teeth directly after, wait about an hour to decrease enamel harm.
Cavities are one of the most common oral health problems, and one of the easiest to avoid. If you take good care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and keeping up with regular dentist visits you can most likely avoid this problem. Cavities occur when tooth decay is present, this weakens the tooth and can affect both the inner and outer layers of teeth. Keep plaque to a minimum and definitely avoid tartar build up. Sugar and high carb foods encourage cavities, so do your best to avoid sneaky sugar culprits. You may notice a toothache if you have a cavity, if this is the case seek dental help as soon as possible. Older filled cavities are also prone to further decay if not taken care of properly. Your dentist will be able to check all of your teeth for decay and help you to prevent any new cavities.