You are brushing and flossing on a daily basis, and visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination. Congratulations, you are taking major steps to guarantee a lifetime of good oral health.
However, this does not protect you from any and all oral health issues, some of which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Never fear; we have this list of tips to guide you through some of the most common oral health problems.
Bad breath, or halitosis, can occur from food particles that collect in the mouth. However, it can also be a side effect of medical issues such as a respiratory infection, sinus problems, diabetes or liver or kidney problems. Even certain medications can cause bad breath as a side effect. A simple diet change can solve bad breath; just cut down on the garlic and onion.
Tooth decay and erosion are held in check by having a good regimen of at-home oral hygiene, but your teeth still can be damaged if you consume a high quantity of acidic foods and beverages. Gastric acid also can wear away the enamel on your teeth. Your dentist can use a protective sealant to greater reduce the risk of potential decay and tooth sensitivity.
Receding gums can be a consequence of gum disease but also can occur from brushing teeth too aggressively, teeth that are out of position, or negative oral habits such as clenching or grinding teeth. Protect your gums by using a soft-bristled toothbrush or, if you clench and grind your teeth, wear a mouth guard at night.
Mouth sores, commonly known as canker sores and cold sores, are painful spots that develop inside the mouth, typically near the lips. Canker sores and cold sores both can be treated with topical anesthetics available over the counter, while an antimicrobial mouth rinse also can be used on canker sores. Warm salt water may help speed up the healing process as well.
If you have any of these issues, call the office of Wall Street Dentistry today at (256) 878-0525 to schedule a consultation.
Wall Street Dentistry provides total oral health care for patients in Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville, Alabama.