Oral health problems are common, and they can be painful. If you’re looking for ways to improve your oral health, it’s important to understand what these problems are and how they manifest. Here are the most common oral health issues:
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria feed on sugars, producing acids that wear down your teeth and damage the enamel. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss or pain from an infection that may require hospitalization.
Cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth. When these bacteria eat away at the tooth’s protective enamel, they form a cavity. If left untreated, cavities can lead to tooth decay and infection that may eventually require root canal therapy or even extraction of the affected teeth. If you have any concerns about your oral health or would like a general checkup with one of our dentists, please contact us today!
There are two types of gum disease. They are:
- Gingivitis: This is an early form of gum disease that can cause pain, bleeding, redness, and swelling at the margins between your tooth and your gums. It usually affects both sides of two teeth at once—and often occurs as a result of not flossing regularly or getting frequent dental cleanings. If left untreated for long enough however it could develop into full-blown periodontitis.
- Periodontitis: This is the most serious form of gum disease. It can cause gums to pull away from teeth and form spaces between them that fill with bacteria and plaque. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Bad breath is an embarrassing problem that can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is usually caused by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria break down food particles left behind on the surface of your tongue and teeth after eating. The resulting products of this breakdown include hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which has a sulfur odor similar to rotten eggs or burnt matches.
Tooth erosion is a common problem that happens when the outer layer of your tooth wears away. It can lead to sensitive teeth and discoloration, which can make eating and smiling uncomfortable.
The causes of tooth erosion are many: repeated exposure to acidic foods or beverages (such as sports drinks), tobacco products, poorly fitting dental appliances like retainers or night guards—even certain medications. Symptoms include sensitivity in the mouth and a gritty feeling in the teeth; sharp edges along the gum line; brown stains on tooth surfaces; changes in how your teeth fit together when you bite down; and recurrent decay at exposed root surfaces.
Mouth sores are painful ulcers that can develop in your mouth. They may be caused by a variety of factors, including viral or bacterial infection, trauma related to an accident or fall, or exposure to hot or cold temperatures. Mouth sores typically heal on their own within two weeks.
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, but it can be treated. The condition is caused by exposed dentin, the layer of tissue that lies under your enamel. Dentin contains nerves and tiny tubules that carry blood and lymph vessels. When these tubules become inflamed or irritated, they are more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures.
If you experience any of these symptoms, LiveWell Dental is here to help.
We’re proud to offer the highest level of care no matter what dental issues you are experiencing. Contact us today to book your next appointment with LiveWell Dental.