Tips to manage common oral problems
Dental care is not only to keep your smile beautiful as well as healthy but it also can have a noteworthy effect on the general wellness. According to the survey, one out of 10 people show sign of poor oral health, and in some other cases, the number can also exceed nearly 100 percent.
Listed, below are some of the common dental conditions.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Often, the reasons for bad breath can be very simple. However, if you’re having bad breath for a prolonged period of time, it must be a sign of something serious coming up or a symptom of a long-term problem.
· Presence of oral bacteria can lead to bad odor, and it’s an alarm that you have plaque build-up.
· Diet plays a major role in bad breath, and the food you eat can usually cause bad breath.
· Dry mouth can also affect your breath, as the presence of saliva in your mouth can interfere with the plaque buildup and food particles from sticking to the teeth.
· Unclean dentures
· Certain medical conditions such as liver or kidneys problems can cause bad breath.
Treatment & Prevention:
· Cleaning your teeth daily with brushing and flossing could be a best to start with.
· Besides, cleaning teeth don’t forget to clean your tongue as well.
· Drink water regularly, it is the easiest way to flush out your mouth.
· Avoid dry mouth.
· Sugarless candies or gum can help in keeping your mouth moist.
· Mouthwash is an effective way to kill bacteria before bedtime.
Gingivitis is a condition when teeth are not properly cleaned, and plaque starts to build on the tooth’s surface. It can result in irritation to the gums, slightly swollen and make them appear red. Another more serious gum disease like periodontitis begins with gingivitis.
Symptoms include bad breath, swollen, red or tender gums which start bleeding while brushing or flossing. Managing gingivitis is a sign of good oral hygiene. This prevents bleeding gums, halitosis and other serious dental conditions.
Treatment & Prevention
· Regular brushing & flossing
· Rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash
· Visit your dentist regularly for oral checkups as well as cleanings
Dry Mouth (xerostomia)
Decreased production of saliva can cause dry mouth or xerostomic which affects nearly 60 percent of older adults. Saliva helps in lubrication of the mouth that prevents tooth decay and protects tooth enamel. But you need not be worried, as there are various ways to avoid this condition.
Dry mouth result from different reasons such as medications, smoking, systemic diseases or salivary gland aplasia, immune deficiency and radiation or cancer treatments.
Signs & Symptoms
· Bad breath
· Red or swollen gums
· Eating, talking or swallowing difficulties
· Dry, cracked tongue
· Bleeding Gums
· Lips that stick to the teeth
· Issues wearing dentures
Treatment & Prevention
· Regular brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing
· Sip water throughout the day
· Use water-based lip lubricant
· Use saliva substitutes
· Chew sugar-free gum
· Suck sugar-free candy
· At night use a mist humidifier
· Talk to your physician about changing troublesome medications
· Visit your dentist for regular check-ups
· Avoid alcohol or alcoholic products