Dental health is not something you want to take lightly. A problem with your mouth and teeth can also be a sign of – or the cause of – other problems around the body. Having issues with your teeth are also bad for your image and confidence.

Common Dental Problems

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While preventing many tooth problems is relatively easy, there are still common problems that you need to anticipate. To help you deal with the most common dental problems – and prevent them in some cases – we are going to discuss the best tips and tricks to use in this article. (See also: [The Daily Grind] How Nighttime Gnawing Affects Dental Health)

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a problem that can harm anyone regardless of age. Before we talk about how you can prevent and deal with tooth decay, it is important that you understand what causes tooth decay in the first place.

The main cause of tooth decay is sugar and food particles sticking to parts of the teeth that already have plaque. The combination causes acid to form and that acid will then weaken the enamel layer of the teeth.

Since the cause of tooth decay is clear, it is easy to see how regularly brushing your teeth and flossing can help prevent this issue from materializing. Using the right mouthwash helps too. You also want to brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after meals.

When you do have the issue of tooth decay, see a dentist immediately. In severe cases, removing the damaged tooth or using treatments to remove plaque and tartar build-up may be needed. Don’t worry though, because you can use Perfect Smile veneers and other treatments to restore the beauty of your smile.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is an issue that affects teeth directly, but the cause of bad breath may stem from problems with your teeth. In fact, over 80% of bad breath cases can be traced back to dental issues as the primary cause.

Bad breath may be caused by cavities, dry mouth, gum disease, and bacterial build-up. Solving the core issue that causes bad breath will also help solve the bad breath itself. Using mouthwash to temporarily remove bad breath is also a good solution.

Of course, mouthwash is only a temporary fix. When you suffer from severe bad breath, it is always best to see a dentist and have your teeth checked thoroughly. The dentist may also check other parts of the mouth. (See also: How To Avoid Bad Breath Throughout The Day)

Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion is slightly different from cavities. A cavity usually follows some degree of tooth erosion; cavities attack certain parts of the teeth, and the only way they can appear is when the enamel – the exterior layer of the teeth – is already eroded to a degree.

Erosion, however, can affect a wider area of the teeth without showing significant symptoms. You usually notice that the enamel of your teeth is eroded when you start feeling more sensitive to cold and hot food or drinks.

Other symptoms of tooth erosion include cracks appearing in different parts of the teeth, usually around the edges and areas that are in contact with hard food items, and the exterior of the teeth getting more and more textured.

The use of veneers can actually add a layer of protection to the teeth with weakened enamel and erosion. You can also use fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the enamel. Make sure you keep brushing your teeth and floss regularly to prevent further damage.

Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is a more common dental problem than you think. Thousands of people experience pain when their teeth come in contact with cold, hot, and sweet drinks and food items. The pain caused by sensitive teeth can also be triggered by other substances, including alcoholic drinks and the mouthwash or toothpaste you use.

Sensitive teeth have been a difficult issue to deal with for so long, but there are now several ways you can treat sensitive teeth and alleviate the pain this issue causes. Before you start looking for treatments, however, you need to understand the primary cause of the problem first. (See also: [Infographic] Sensitive Teeth Causes and Treatment)

Sensitive teeth can be a sign of cracks appearing in certain areas. It is also a common symptom of a tooth abscess, which is a serious issue to deal with on its own. We will get to this problem later.

Seeing a dentist to treat the underlying cause of tooth sensitivity is a must. You can also use toothpaste designed to strengthen the enamel and reduce sensitivity to treat this issue.

Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is a bacterial problem that attacks many teeth. Bacteria is not uncommon in the mouth, but the enamel of your teeth prevents bacteria from getting inside. When you experience tooth decay or erosion and you don’t treat the problem immediately, bacteria could reach the living pulp inside your teeth.

This then causes our body’s immune system to produce more white blood cells. The combination of the bacteria, the white blood cells sent to deal with the infection, and other substances inside the mouth cause pus to form. However, there isn’t room for pus inside the teeth, which is why the formation of pus causes a lot of pain and pressure.

A tooth abscess is best prevented by spotting symptoms of other problems we discussed earlier and treating those problems as soon as possible.

Now that you know how to best prevent common tooth problems and how to deal with them when they occur, you don’t have to wait until you have an abscess at all. Treating common tooth problems early – and preventing them from occurring – will save you a lot of pain, time, and money.

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