It is never a good feeling when you are suffering from dental problems, especially those that cause pain or alter your appearance. However, the best cure for any dental issue is to speak with a qualified dentist about your treatment options. Here is our assessment of the nine most common dental problems that patients face.
- Bad Breath
No one wants to admit it, but many of us suffer from bad breath due to poor dental hygiene or a dental condition. If it is bad hygiene, your behaviors can be corrected. However, a dental condition such as gum disease, oral cancer or dry mouth will require some type of treatment.
- Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent dental issues in Canada, and it typically occurs due to plaque combining with the sugars and fat that make up a rather large portion of our diet. Regularly brushing and flossing helps prevent plaque, while other medical procedures are needed to repair or replace decaying teeth.
- Gum Disease
As explained by the Canadian Dental Association, gum disease or periodontal disease presents serious issues for patients. Not only is it a major cause of tooth loss, but it can increase the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
- Oral Cancer
A deadly disease that impacts millions around the world, oral cancer can start in a person’s lips, throat or mouth. It is curable if it is diagnosed and treated early, but it can also prove deadly in certain situations. The University of Rochester’s medical center provides valuable information regarding oral cancer.
- Mouth Sores
Mouth sores are extremely irritating and often quite painful. If you suffer from a mouth sore, look for it to go away after one or two weeks. If it is still present, you may want to speak with a dentist to have it checked out.
- Tooth Erosion
When acid attacks the enamel in our teeth, they begin to erode. The symptoms of tooth erosion are wide ranging, and may include increased sensitivity, cracking teeth and/or regular toothaches.
- Tooth Sensitivity
Millions suffer from tooth sensitivity in part or all of their mouth. This pain or sensitivity may arise while you are eating certain foods, drinking sweet drinks, consuming cold beverages or desserts, or drinking a hot beverage. Some tooth sensitivity is so bad that patients suffer when they are brushing or flossing their teeth. This condition is painful, but it is treatable if you visit a dentist.
A mild toothache is nothing to worry about. But one that is accompanied by debilitating pain, or one that does not go away after a few hours, is an issue. If you are experiencing such a toothache, call your dentist and visit their clinic the moment you are free.
- Issues of Appearance
It is not a medical condition, but when your teeth are misshaped, disfigured or developing gaps near the front, it can cause your smile to appear less attractive. While this may seem like an issue of vanity, an unattractive smile can severely impact a patient’s self-confidence. Implants, teeth whitening and other procedures can provide relief.