We all want to have healthy gums and teeth to boost our confidence levels, to maintain fresh breath, and also flash that winning smile. To accomplish this, educating yourself about common dental problems and their causes could take you a long way in preventing any kind of teeth or gum related problems.
This article looks at the ten of the most commonly reported dental problems so that you can have a better understanding of what you're dealing with.
Although you might have made a dentist appointment, it may not come soon enough. In the meantime, it can help to take an over-the-counter pain reliever, floss to remove food caught between teeth and rinse your mouth using warm water. If you have a fever, or happen to notice pus or swelling around the tooth, that could be a sign that you have a more serious problem at hand. You may require antibiotics as well as other treatments. But it is recommended to see your dentist as soon as possible.
2. Stained Teeth
Your teeth are similar to laundry: The right approach is necessary to remove the most stains. Tobacco, food, trauma and medications are some of the things that may discolour your teeth. Currently you have three options for whitening them. You can bleach them at home by yourself using a gel and a plastic tray from your dentist or a store, your dentist may use a whitening agent and a special light and do it professionally, or the simplest choice, using whitening rinses and whitening toothpaste to only remove surface stains.
The little holes that you may have in your teeth are bad news. This is the result of sticky bacteria, known as plaque, that starts to build up on your teeth, slowly destroying the outer hard covering or shell, called enamel. Adults can also have problems with tooth decay around the edges of earlier fillings and at the gum line. To prevent this, floss daily, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, keep up with your dental appointments and also limit snacks.
4. Chipped Tooth
It's the most common type of dental injury. An accident can result in a chip, it can so happen by something way less dramatic, like even chomping on popcorn. Your dentist may suggest a crown if the chip is too large or even bonding using a strong resin material in order to replace the area that got chipped. You may require a root canal followed by a crown or a veneer if the pulp is at risk.
5. Impacted Teeth
An adult tooth that doesn't grow out properly is "impacted." It generally happens when a tooth gets stuck against another tooth, soft tissue or bone. A dentist may recommend leaving it alone if it isn't bothering you. But if it hurts it may be a sign that it could cause problems later on, an oral surgeon can help in getting rid of it.
6. Sensitive to Cold
Ice cream must taste good, not make you cringe or wince when the cold hits your teeth. The initial step is to find the cause behind it. It could be worn fillings or tooth enamel, cavities, fractured teeth, gum disease, or exposed roots. Once your dentist figures out the issue, you might require a root canal, a filling, or treatment of your gums in order to replace tissue lost at the root. Or you might just require a desensitizing strip or toothpaste, or even a fluoride gel could do the trick.
7. Crooked Teeth
The most recommended fix -- orthodontia -- isn’t just for the kids. Aligning your bite and straightening crooked teeth doesn't just make for a prettier smile. It also plays an important role in relieving symptoms like jaw pain and also improving overall dental health. Orthodontists might use braces (trays or metal), retainers, and aligners.
8. Gap Between Teeth
Few individuals might not consider a gap between the front teeth a problem at all. In fact, famous people who sport the look include actress Anna Paquin, singer Madonna, football player turned TV co-host Michael Strahana and model Lauren Hutton. But If you wish to get this corrected, your options include cosmetic solutions like bonding or veneers and orthodontics to move teeth closer together.
9. Gum Problems
Are the gums tender? Do they bleed easily? You may have gum disease (gingivitis). A buildup of sticky bacteria and plaque below the gum line causes this. If left untreated, it may at some point result in bone loss, and your teeth might become loose or shift. That can make it harder to speak or even chew. To prevent gum disease, it is recommended to rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily, floss, brush, and also see your dentist for regular cleanings.
10. Too Many Teeth: Hyperdontia
How many teeth do you think are present in your mouth? If you’re like most other people, you’ve had 20 or “baby” or primary teeth, and you now have 32 adult teeth. In a few cases, some people might have extra teeth known as hyperdontia. People who have it usually also have another condition, called a Gardner’s Syndrome or cleft palate (which forms tumours that aren't cancerous). The recommended treatment for this is to get the extra teeth removed and use orthodontics in order to correct the bite.
At the 1 Health Medical Centre, our dentists spend time discussing with patients’ the different problems and difficulties that can arise because of bad oral health. Depending on which treatment option works best for you, the right one will be chosen in accordance.
If you’ve been dealing with issues related to oral health, sensitivity, crooked teeth, gum problems, bad breath etc, please contact 1 Health Medical Centre on the number +91 9562090606 to book an appointment. Our dental experts will carry out a thorough examination and will guide you on the next course of action that needs to be taken to correct your dental problem.