Dec 222011

Common tooth problems and how to avoid them

Most of us don’t think about our dental hygiene until something goes wrong. But when we experience a toothache or bad breath we realize how important it is to go see the dentist. The majority of tooth problems can be relieved with a quick visit to the dentist.

The easiest way to prevent tooth problems is by following a regular healthy dental routine. Brush and floss twice a day, eat healthy foods and visit the dentist for regularly cleanings. Educating yourself will help you prevent any future problems that may arise. Here are some common causes of oral hygiene issues and ways to avoid them.

Bad Breath

Many people, who suffer from regular bad breath, don’t even realize that they have it. It is an embarrassing condition that can usually be linked back to dental issues. Gum disease, dry mouth, oral cancer and even cavities can cause bad breath. You can prevent bad breath by practicing good oral care. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day can help prevent plaque build up. If you have chronic bad breath consult your dentist and they can help rule out more serious health concerns.  You can prevent bad breath by treating dental problems as they occur, such a gum abscesses, tooth decay and abscessed teeth.

Mouth Sores

There are many differ types of mouth sores. They can be annoying and frustrating. If you have a mouth sore for more then 14 days you should contact your dentist. Normally they heal on their own. The most common types of mouth sores are canker sores, cold sores ulcers and fever blisters.

To cure these types of sores you can use home remedies such as mixing one teaspoon of salt with a cup of warm water. Swoosh the warm water in your mouth and spit out. Saline rinses help the mouth heal quickly by reducing the bacteria in the mouth.

Gum Disease

It is estimated that over 75 million Americans have some form of gum disease. It is caused by bacteria build up from tartar and plaque. There are potential causes such as genetic predisposition, clenching of the teeth and tobacco use. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is the best way to prevent gum disease. Early symptoms include red gums, swollen gums, bleeding gums or gums that easily hurt. If you have chronic bad breath you may often taste a funny bad taste in your mouth. Gum disease can easily be diagnosed and cured if treated early.

Shannon Kaiser is a wellness writer for many online publications. For more dental information, contact Dr. Lusch at Gateway Portland Dentistry, a dentist in Portland, Oregon.

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