You wouldn’t think so, but your teeth, gums and mouth can be complicated things. Learning to recognise common teeth and gum problems is essential in managing your oral health and preventing everyday problems from developing into more serious issues.
1. Teeth Decay/Erosion
Did you know that, according to the Australian Dental Association, tooth decay is one of Australia’s most common dental problems? The two main culprits behind tooth decay are poor oral hygiene and the consumption of too many sugary foods. To prevent decay, make sure you brush twice daily and avoid eating sugar or starch-based foods between meals. Dentist checkups and cleans every 4-6 months are also essential!
2. Bad Breath
Bad breath is a common dental issue and can be caused by issues like cavities, gum disease, dry mouth and poor oral care. If you suffer from bad breath, a trip to your local family dentist is in need; they will be able to diagnose the root of the problem and advise you on the best treatment moving forward.
Those sharp pains you feel when you eat something hot or cold are usually an indication of tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity is a standard dental problem, especially among adults, but it can be easily treated. Changing toothpaste and topping up on fluoride are common remedies, however more serious sensitivity problems may call for a gum or root canal treatment.
Are your teeth yellow, grey or stained? Teeth discolouration can occur as a result of the food we eat, but is also related to poor oral hygiene and smoking. Brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups and cleans, will help prevent discolouration. If your teeth are heavily stained, you can also choose a teeth whitening or teeth bleaching treatment to restore your clean, white smile!
5. Wisdom Pain
Wisdom teeth are those annoying back molars that can cause impaction or overcrowding in the mouth. They usually come through in your late teens or early twenties. If you sense pain in your back gums, jaw or lymph glands, a wisdom teeth extraction may be in need.
6. Mouth Sores
Mouth sores can be irritating and uncomfortable, but are also considered common dental problems. Topical treatments are usually available at your local pharmacy, however, if your mouth sore persists for more than two weeks, make sure you visit your family dentist as soon as possible, as it could be a sign of something more serious.
7. Gum Disease
Gum disease generally occurs in two stages: gingivitis (first) and periodontitis (second). The main signs of gum disease include bleeding or swollen gums, changes in gum appearance, pus between the gums, loose teeth and mouth sores. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see your dentist immediately to work out the most ideal treatment for your gum problems.
Have you got a common dental problem that you’re not sure about? Somerset Dental Care is an experienced, friendly dentist based in the Macarthur, Camden and Wollondilly area. Contact us to book an appointment today or email [email protected]