Part of taking care of health is looking out for common dental problems and getting treatment when they come up.
Here are some common dental problems, and what you can do about them.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is one of the more common dental problems can be an indicator of issues such as lingering food particles or having eaten particularly strong-smelling food. It can also result from infection, illness, or gum disease.
“For some, bad breath may be resolved by simply brushing the teeth to remove plaque buildup and brushing the tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper to remove bacteria. When dental disease or infection is the source, treatment by a dentist may be necessary. Good dental hygiene is also an important part of preventing bad breath. In addition, toothbrushes should be replaced every three months, and people should schedule regular dental exams and cleanings,” according to Gentle Dental.
Hot or cold food may make you wince. If that’s the case, you could have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth could indicate such problems as tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings or tooth enamel, or exposure of tooth roots.
“Sensitive teeth can be treated. Your dentist may recommend desensitizing toothpaste or an alternative treatment based on the cause of your sensitivity. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain,” according to the American Dental Association.
Oral cancer affects millions of people and can be deadly. But it can be treated, especially if caught early. Symptoms include lumps, sores, or rough spots in the mouth. Difficulty chewing or moving the tongue could also indicate something serious.
“Regular dental visits can help catch oral cancer early. You may ask your dentist whether an oral cancer exam is part of their usual checkup. If you notice any of the symptoms or have trouble chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue or jaw, see your dentist,” according to VeryWell Health.