Your mouth is very complex. Oral health should be an important part of your regular self-care routine. You should also be aware of the issues that can arise with your mouth, and know what to do about them to prevent long-term damage.
Tooth decay is the wearing away of the enamel of the tooth, resulting in cavities that can eventually eat through to the root, causing intense pain. Prevention includes good oral care and routine checkups.
Bad breath is usually caused by diet or poor oral care. Tongue scraping, regular brushing and a good mouthwash should take care of the problem.
Poor oral hygiene is one of the most common causes of gum disease, and can result in major damage to your teeth and gums. Periodontitis is the most serious form of the disease and can manifest as constant bad breath, swollen and bleeding gums and loose teeth, and can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Regular dental care is essential to catch and reverse the effects.
Known as Bruxism, teeth grinding can cause the enamel on your teeth to wear away, and create issues with jaw alignment, resulting in pain. The most common causes are stress and misalignment of your jaw. Your dentist can make you a special guard that will keep you from grinding your teeth.
Yellowing of the teeth is typically caused by environmental factors such as smoking. Your dentist can whiten your teeth, however you must eliminate the factors that caused the yellowing or it will return.
Wisdom teeth are molars, and can cause all sorts of problems. If they do not erupt fully, bacteria can get into the socket and cause decay. Many people opt to have them removed as a preventative measure, before they cause pain and dental issues.
Mouth sores are generally caused by either herpes or canker sores. Herpes is a virus, and while there is no cure, it can be treated with anti-viral creams and medications. Canker sores are bacterial, and although they are painful, they generally go away on their own in a few days.
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by exposure of the root (even just a tiny bit), the wearing away of the enamel, or exposure to heat or cold. Your dentist can recommend a special toothpaste that can help lessen the sensitivity.
An acidic environment is often the main cause of enamel erosion. Bulimia, acid reflux and other issues that raise the acidity in your mouth are common culprits. Prevention includes drinking lots of water, chewing sugarless gum and eliminating the root cause.
This is the most serious of all mouth diseases. If it is not caught and treated early, it can be life threatening. Common causes include chewing tobacco, alcoholism and smoking.
If you are concerned about your dental health, contact us at Pearland Family Dentistry today. Our friendly professionals will ensure that your condition is diagnosed properly and that we find the best treatment options to meet your needs.