Common dental issues affect people of all ages around the world. In fact, dental conditions are among the most prevalent chronic diseases in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 40% of individuals say they’ve experienced mouth pain in the past year, and by age 34, more than 80% of people will have at least one cavity.

Fortunately, the majority of dental issues can be avoided. Keep away from risky habits like smoking and consuming sugary foods and beverages. Brush your teeth twice every day or after each meal. Be sure to carry out regular flossing and include routine dental checkups.

Above all, know what to look for when it comes to common dental problems so that your dentist can treat it promptly and effectively. Here’s what to know about common dental issues and how Dr. Khan can help.

1. Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Gum disease is caused by infection and inflammation of the bone and gums that support and surround the teeth. It develops in three phases, beginning with gingivitis. When plaque builds up in the spaces between and around teeth, causing inflammation and bad breath. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease, a more severe condition.

Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that can damage the bone and gum tissue supporting the teeth. A periodontist typically uses a deep cleaning technique called scaling and root planing to remove tartar and plaque to treat gum disease. Make sure to have your teeth regularly cleaned by a professional hygienist to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. At home, use tartar-controlling toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush twice daily.

2. Tooth Decay

Cavities are small holes or damaged areas in or around the surface of your tooth caused by decay. It’s the most prevalent health problem after the common cold in the United States. Approximately 9 out of 10 persons suffer dental decay, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tooth decay is brought on by food with high sugar or starch content that forms plaque and sticks to the teeth’s surface. The protective layer of your teeth, known as enamel, slowly deteriorates as a result of bacteria in your mouth feeding on sugar and carbohydrates. This then causes tooth decay. Dentists use fillings to prevent additional harm to the enamel. Make sure to clean your teeth properly after eating to avoid plaque buildup and see your dentist regularly for a cleaning – and to check for any cavities.

3. Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is one of the most prevalent and distressing dental issues. It’s actually a common sign of gum disease, cavities, or oral cancer. Different factors also contribute to bad breath, including:

  • Poor oral health
  • Acid reflux
  • Medication
  • Dry mouth

Foods like garlic, onions, sweets, and alcohol are just a few examples of those that might also give you foul breath. Brush after every meal to control bad breath. If you can’t brush right away, bring a little bottle of mouthwash as well. Alternatively, after eating, swish with some fresh water.

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Dental issues can negatively impact your quality of life, general health, and self-esteem. To learn more about taking care of your smile, contact IKON Dental Group by calling or filling out our online form.