Dental Health is often not a priority for individuals. Left unaddressed, your overall health can be affected. Dentistry is not expensive, neglect is.You can solve the three most common dental problems with a simple visit to a dentist. Indianapolis and all cities have many dentists who could help you address any of the problems below.
Halitosis (Bad Breath)
It is common for people to have “dragon breath” when they wake up in the morning, it’s not something to smile about if the bad breath doesn’t go away after brushing. According to the Bad Breath Institute, more than 80 million Americans have halitosis or chronic bad breath. Worldwide, between 35 and 45 percent suffer from some form of halitosis. Halitosis can be caused by dry mouth, gum disease, tooth decay, medications and even certain medical conditions. Regular visits to your dentist can help address this issue and determine the appropriate course of treatment.
An estimated 1 in 8 American adults have sensitive teeth. It is common among people who have had tooth whitening, receding gums and tooth decay. Some people often get relief from changes in diet and lifestyle or the use of special toothpaste. Sometimes they can get tooth fillings to help them deal with sensitive teeth.
There are two types of mouth sores— canker sores and herpes. The first type, a canker sore, is a non-virus. Stress and other factors could cause this type of sore. The Herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes the second type and is highly contagious upon contact (kissing, sharing drinks, etc.) According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, HSV-1 is very common. In fact, approximately 90 percent of adults in the U.S. have had some sort of exposure to the virus. If you notice mouth sores that are not going away quickly, please contact your dentist for an examination. Slow-to-heal mouth sores and ulcers are a sign of some oral cancers.
Protect Your Dental Health
If you have any of these three common dental problems, book an appointment with your dentist and address the issue immediately. It is better for your overall health to target preventive maintenance.