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May 31, 2024

Know Your Mouth: Common Oral Health Conditions

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Oftentimes, afflictions in one part of the body affects the rest of it. This is why maintaining good oral health is crucial for your overall well-being. Additionally, understanding common oral health conditions can help you take proactive steps to prevent them! Continue reading to find some of the most frequent oral health issues that can affect your mouth so you can be prepared!

Cavities (Tooth Decay)

Cavities, also known as dental caries, are one of the most common oral health conditions all over the world. They happen when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, accumulates on your teeth and produces acids that erode the enamel. This can lead to tiny black pits or serious tooth decay if left untreated.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It’s usually caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque to build up on the teeth and gums. Early-stage gum disease is called gingivitis, while more severe forms are known as periodontitis. If left untreated it can lead to several oral and systemic issues like lost teeth and even heart disease!

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common issue that involves discomfort or pain when exposed to hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks. It can be a result of worn tooth enamel, exposed dental roots, cavities, cracked teeth, or gum disease. Your dentist will need to examine your mouth to address this issue properly.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can occur on the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. It can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Thankfully, your dentist can screen for oral cancer during your regular visits. This is one reason why dental checkups every six months are so important for your overall health.

Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, is often caused by poor oral hygiene, but it can also be a sign of other health issues, such as gum disease, dry mouth, or digestive problems. If you continue to have halitosis even with diligent oral care, it may be time to schedule a dental appointment.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth happens when your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. While this may not seem important, saliva rinses away food particles, protects teeth from acid, and actively fights bacteria. So, be sure to stay hydrated and talk to your dental team about specific causes.

Addressing oral health conditions is an investment in your smile, your self-esteem, and your body. Now that you know what to watch for, you can be diligent about keeping your mouth clean and seeing your dentist when needed. Excellent home hygiene combined with professional dental care is the key to lasting oral comfort and a beautiful smile.

About the Author

Dr. Carol F. Morgan is a highly educated and talented dentist with a doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. Since graduating in 1995, she has served her patients well, offering top-notch dental care with tailor-made treatment plans. Call (757) 412-1400 to schedule an appointment at Hampton Roads Center for Cosmetic Dentistry or visit the website to see a full menu of treatments and services they offer.

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