While even healthy teeth don’t last forever, practicing good oral care can keep your teeth and mouth area healthy and functional for years. Although we think of dental cavities as the main oral problem, other issues may also develop. If you notice symptoms of the following, contact your dentist.
The breakdown of teeth through decay typically causes cavities to form on a tooth’s surface. Decay can also penetrate the tooth below the gum’s surface and cause unseen cavities that are located with an x-ray. Dentists use fillings to patch a corroded tooth unless the damage is so extensive that a root canal or extraction is necessary. To prevent cavities, eat a balanced diet, avoid sugary foods and beverages, don’t use tobacco, and practice daily oral hygiene.
A mouth sore can be caused by many things, including the herpes simplex virus that leads to a cold sore. These usually clear up with or without medication in a few days’ time. Other types of mouth sores may result from eating spicy foods or a respiratory infection. Oral cancer generally presents as a mouth sore that doesn’t heal. Noncancerous mouth sores can be prevented and treated by daily brushing and flossing. Your dentist can prescribe mouthwash for your precise type of sore if needed.
If your gums frequently bleed while brushing your teeth, appear swollen or inflamed, and are painful, you might be developing gum disease. This condition should be avoided by having routine dental checkups and practicing consistent oral hygiene. Gum disease can cause your gums to soften or become infirm, which may allow teeth to loosen and fall out. Effective oral care helps to keep your gums healthy.
Playing sports or participating in rigorous physical activity sometimes causes a tooth to chip, break, or tip. A dentist or orthodontist can often help when this happens. Wear a mouthguard when at risk of being hit in the face or falling down.
Most people struggle with this condition occasionally, especially in the morning. The simplest ways to prevent bad breath are to avoid strong foods like garlic or onions when you plan to be around people and don’t use tobacco. Ask your dentist to recommend mouthwash for fresh breath.
Basic home care and routine dental exams can bring these problems under control. Talk to your dentist about a personal plan of oral care to keep your mouth and teeth in good shape.
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