Bad breath can be embarrassing, but it is often caused by an underlying dental problem, so using mouthwash or mints will not be able to solve the issue in the long term. Gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth and bacteria on the tongue are some of the dental problems that cause bad breath.
Tooth decay occurs when there’s a buildup of plaque on your teeth, which creates acid that attacks the protective enamel on your teeth. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to brush and floss twice a day as well as avoid unhealthy foods and drinks that are high in sugar. It’s also important to regularly visit your dentist for a check-up so they can make sure your teeth are strong and healthy.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums and is one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. Some of the causes of gum disease include smoking, diabetes and dry breath.
Symptoms of gum disease can include bad breath, sensitive teeth, painful chewing and red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with your dentist.
Mouth sores can be painful and bothersome, and whilst most of them only last a week or two, some can stick around for longer, this may be when it is time for concern. They can occur inside and on the mouth. Fever blisters and cold sores occur on the edge of the mouth and are contagious. General mouth sores can be seen in infants, those who wear dentures, people with diabetes and during cancer treatment.
Tooth erosion occurs after the enamel on your teeth has been eroded by acid, causing the loss of tooth structure. The signs of tooth erosion can range from sensitivity to more severe problems such as cracking.
Many people may experience tooth sensitivity including pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot or cold drinks or ice cream, brushing or flossing. Tooth sensitivity can be treated, however, the cause will need to be determined, you may have a cracked tooth or an abscess, so by ensuring you see your dentist sooner rather than later you can determine the cause and best treatment.
Toothaches and Dental Emergency
Toothaches and emergencies can happen at any time, from a chipped tooth or having a tooth knocked out. By visiting your dentist regularly you can ensure that your teeth are strong and healthy, however, an accident can happen at any point.
Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more accessible, from tooth whitening, dental implants to orthodontics or other cosmetic procedures, achieving your perfect smile can improve your confidence.