If you keep up to date with your dental check ups, listen to your dentist’s advice, and practice good oral hygiene, then you should find that you will experience very little concerns when it comes to your dental health. However, things happen and life can simply get in the way. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most common dental concerns you might experience and where you should go to seek resolution.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Bad breath can be an embarrassing issue that has affected all of us at some point in our lives. However, there is a drastic difference between simple morning breath, or bad breath from eating (such as garlic breath), and the medical diagnosis of halitosis. Persistent bad breath is a dental condition which can be remedied by meeting with your dentist.
There are many causes for halitosis, such as gum diseases, cavities, and bacteria build up. It is important to remember that while chewing gum and using mouthwash may alleviate symptoms, they’ll never truly rid you from the root cause of your issues.
Decay is probably the most common reason people visit the dentists. Tooth decay is entirely preventable but can result in painful problems that need treatment. Cavities can occur for many reasons, such as diet, poor dental hygiene, hereditary factors, natural aging process, and other health conditions. No matter the reason, if you suspect a cavity, it’s best to visit your dentist to resolve the issue while it’s still minor.
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
We’ve all been warned about gum disease in the past, from advertisements and the media, but let’s define this condition. Gum disease is an infection of the gums. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease typically occurs in those over 30. Risks such as smoking, diabetes, and dry mouth can increase the likelihood of developing periodontal disease. Symptoms can include bad breath, gums that are red, tender, swollen, or bleeding, and tooth sensitivity, as well as pain when chewing.
We’ve all heard of cancer of other parts of the body, but oral cancer is also a potentially life-threatening disease. Oral cancer is easily diagnosed and highly treatable, but it can often go unnoticed due to missed dental appointments. Most commonly seen in those over 40, people who smoke or drink can be at a higher risk, as well as those with HPV. Symptoms of oral cancer include sores and lumps in the mouth as well as roughened areas and changes to your bite.
Tooth erosion is when the structure of the tooth is compromised. Tooth erosion typically occurs when acid attacks the enamel of your teeth, which can be a result of poor diets, such as though high in acidic foods, as well as medical conditions which result in frequent vomiting. Tooth erosion can also be caused by grinding of the teeth, which is often an unconscious habit. Your dentist will be able to advise you of the best course of action for you.
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common issues experienced nationwide. Often harmless and rectified with sensitive tooth pastes or careful eating (such as not biting into cold foods), for most of us, tooth sensitivity is an annoyance at best. However, excessive pain or discomfort when eating or simply breathing cold air is a problem that should be investigated by your dentist.
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by cracks or cavities in your teeth. These cracks allow sensitive nerve endings to be exposed to adverse conditions, such as cold. Sensitive teeth can also be caused by a tooth abscess. This will require professional care to prevent tooth loss or a more serious infection occurring in your jaw bone.
Dental Group of Simi Valley
If you live in or around Simi Valley, CA, and it’s been a while since your last dental check-up, book your next appointment with the Dental Group of Simi Valley. The Dental Group has over 50 years of combined dental experience. No concern, condition, or question is too big or too small for us to handle. You are sure to walk away with a sparkle in your smile.