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Common Dental Problems

Common Dental Problems

by: Dr. Roma Bakshi
Consultant - Dental

The dental problem should be taken seriously and most of the dental problems can be prevented easily. Brushing two times a day, flossing daily regular dental check-ups and eating properly are few mandatory steps that help in preventing dental problems. Please note that in India only 45% of the people opt for good dental hygiene and go to a dentist every biannually. Majority of Indians ignore their dental health issues until they compound to an unbearable toothache or other health ailments.

Common Dental Issues:

  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is also known as dental caries or cavities. It occurs when the bacteria in plaque is given the chance to settle on teeth. It produces an acid that slowly eats away at the tooth enamel and forms holes. This bacteria is particularly prevalent after eating sugars and starches, so limit exposure by eating a healthy diet. The likelihood of developing a cavity depends entirely on lifestyle. The better your oral health routine, the less chance you will have of suffering tooth decay.
  • Bad Breath: It is also known as halitosis. About 85% of people with bad breath tend to have a dental problem. Oral cancer, dry mouth, gum disease, cavities and bacteria present on the tongue are some dental problem that causes bad breath. Use mouthwash to remove bad breath when the dental problem is present, as it will mask the odor but it will not cure it.
  • Gum Diseases: Bacterial infection that occurs by accumulations of plaque in the mouth. Bacteria eats away at the gum tissue and ligaments that hold the teeth in their place.
  • Oral Cancer: It is a deadly and serious disease that affects many people and it is mostly seen among 40 years and above age group.  The major factor to oral cancer is the use of alcohol and tobacco use which includes chewing tobacco also.
  • Mouth Sores: Mouth sore lasts for more than two weeks and is usually not to worry and mouth sores disappear on its own. Canker sores that occur inside the mouth not on the lips are common mouth sores. Mouth sores can be caused by many different causes and are not contagious.

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