A beautiful smile is not the only benefit to taking care of your teeth. By regularly seeing to your oral health, you can also ward off a variety of unwanted health issues. Some of these problems only cause mild discomfort, but some can be extremely painful. Brushing and flossing regularly can help you keep your teeth happy and healthy, but it is also important to regularly visit your dentist in order to keep the following oral health issues from affecting you.
While most people only think of their teeth when it comes to taking care of their dental hygiene, your gums also play a large role in your oral health. Gingivitis, or gum disease, can happen to anyone. It is caused by an accumulation of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Gum disease can easily go unnoticed, because it typically does not cause any painful symptoms until its later stages. Late stage symptoms might include red, swollen, or irritated gums that bleed during brushing and flossing. Think you have early stages of gingivitis? Certain gum treatments may be right for you.
Probably one of the most common signs of poor oral health is bad breath, or halitosis. An easy way to combat this problem is by brushing your teeth daily, regular dental cleanings, and making sure that you drink plenty of water. However, if the problem persists, it could mean that other factors are causing it. A dry mouth, for example, makes it easier for bacteria to live and grow in your mouth. Another cause may be that your teeth are aligned in such a way that food particles easily become trapped between them, and stay there without you noticing.
Tooth decay occurs when bacteria settles on your teeth. The bacteria slowly eats away at the enamel on your teeth until a hole is formed. If left untreated, the cavity can become infected, which can be extremely painful. The chance of getting a cavity varies from person to person, however, diet plays a large role in your chances of getting one. Sugary foods in particular can attract certain bacteria that can damage your teeth. Did you know that 3V Dental Associates offers the latest laser decay detection services? Ask us how we can help you fight decay!
This can occur when the bottom portion of the tooth, where the nerves are housed, becomes infected. A root infection can be caused by a deep cavity, or by a crack in the tooth. It can lead to extreme pain as well as swelling in the gums around the tooth and in the face. However, if treated quickly by your dentist, the problem rarely progresses to this state.