Our teeth require care and attention if they are to remain strong and healthy, which is why dentists recommend an oral examination every 6 months. Here are some of the most common dental issues that people suffer with, along with recommended treatments.
Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath, which can be caused by a number of things. It could be due to tooth decay, lack of saliva, gum disease, or even a form of oral cancer. If you have bad breath, talk to a Brisbane dentist or a dentist in your city and make an appointment to get to the root of the problem. The dentist will then be able to recommend a suitable treatment. Using an antiseptic mouthwash will mask the unpleasant odour, but it is not a cure, and if your dentist carries out an oral examination, he or she can find out what is causing the halitosis and recommend a treatment.
While tooth decay is more common in children, it can affect people of all ages, and the best treatment is a filling. The treatment involves drilling out the cavity, which is then prepared and a composite material is used to fill the cavity, which is usually white, rather than using the amalgam filling that contains mercury. Indeed, many people have their amalgam fillings removed, due to worries over toxicity.
Known as periodontal disease, this can be very painful, which affects the gums at the tooth line, and it is usually accompanied with a swelling that is tender to the touch and very painful. If you suffer from diabetes or dry mouth, you are more likely to suffer with gum disease, and unless it is treated, it will only get worse. If you adopt best oral hygiene practices, you are less likely to suffer with gum disease, and with regular oral examinations, any signs of gum disease will be spotted by the dentist. There are articles online on common dental issues, which makes for an informative read.
This affects millions of people, causing an unpleasant sensation when eating hot or cold things, and this condition can be treated. Indeed, there are certain toothpastes that claim to reduce teeth sensitivity, and your dentist would make a recommendation after an oral examination.
This could be caused by many things, and if you are suffering from toothache, don’t think it will magically sort itself out, as it will not. The cause could be a gum infection, tooth decay, or a broken or cracked tooth, and rather than putting up with the pain, make an appointment to see your local dentist to find out what is causing the pain and discomfort.
You should make a point of seeing your dentist every 6 months, even if you are not suffering any pain or discomfort, as this allows the dentist to check that all is well, and should he or she discover an issue, rapid treatment will ensure minimum damage is caused. It is also important to adopt good oral hygiene practices, which involves thorough brushing and flossing after every meal and before and after sleep.