Monday, August 26, 2013

A-Z Guide of Common Dental Problems & Diseases Part 2

Just got here? Check out part 1 of our A-Z Guide of Common Dental problems if you haven't done so already! It's always good to be prepared in advance for any dental problems that may come your way. The best teeth whitening method and the best way to avoid these problems is to simply keep up with your teeth brushing and flossing efforts. In part 1, we examine common problems like bad breath and wisdom teeth extraction. In part 2, we look into other common conditions like teeth cavities. Are you ready?

#6 Tooth Decay
One of the worst dental problems to deal with is tooth decay. As you could probably guess, tooth decay is a result of not maintaining good dental hygiene. You are letting bacteria attack from all sides by not cleaning your teeth on a regular basis with strengthening chemicals like fluoride. For tooth decay to occur, a cavity needs to first form on your teeth. The bacteria in the cavity start to slowly eat away at your teeth structure by synthesizing acid. So how is tooth decay treated? If you are dealing with a pretty severe situation, your dentist may offer to do several professional treatments to get rid of the cavity. For example, your dentist will do a deep cleaning process to get rid of the bacteria in your cavity, then fill the cavity with fillings. For really severe situations, you may have to do expensive treatments like crowning or root canals. It's simple. Keep brushing your teeth on a regular basis if you don't want to be forking out money away for these unnecessary treatments.

#7 Sensitive Teeth
Oh sensitive teeth. Why thou you exist? The first sign that indicates that you have sensitive teeth is when your mouth starts to hurt whenever you consume something hot or cold. It's almost like a piercing pain that gradually disappears. You may also feel uncomfortable when you brush or floss your teeth due to teeth sensitivity. So what causes this condition to occur? Well, one of the main causes is the problem I just highlight previously, tooth decay. Your teeth may also become sensitivity after you have a teeth extracted. While you are treating to treat your sensitive teeth, a dentist may recommend you use a special desensitized toothpaste. These toothpastes ensure that you won't feel any discomfort while you brush your teeth. If this medicated toothpaste does not do you any good, a dentist may do an in-office treatment such as using fluoride gel to strengthen your teeth protection layer. The solution really depends on what is causing your teeth to become sensitive. For example, if tooth decay is the main cause, then teeth sensitivity will disappear once you have the cavity treated and filled.

#8 Burned Tongues
One of the weirdest feelings you will ever get is when you have a burned tongue. The pain isn't necessarily painful. There is just this weird uncomfortable feeling you get whenever your burned tongue gets in contact with a substance. The moment you have a burned tongue, reach out for something cold like ice cubes and maintain contact for at least a minute. This will help your tongue cool down quickly. Unless you are dealing with a third-degree burn, the tongue will naturally itself. During the healing process, it is ever so important that you avoid acidic food such as oranges, soft drinks, and vinegar.

#9 Chipped Teeth
One of the most unfortunate conditions you have to deal with in the dental world is when you have a chipped tooth. This can happen for all kinds of reasons. Whether you slammed your mouth into something incredibly hard or you've been grinding your teeth all day long, a chipped tooth is something you want to treat as soon as it appears. If you don't, you may lose the whole teeth altogether. The common method of treating chipped teeth is to either use a filling or bonding treatment. Using a special substance, the dentist will recreate the shape of the chipped tooth using molding material. Once the mold is bonded to the original tooth, the dentist will utilize UV rays to strengthen the bondage and make sure the replacement never falls off.

#10 Lost Tooth
Once you reach the age of no return, the last thing you want to deal with is to lose an adult tooth. For this kind of situation, you can't expect your body to simply replace it with another tooth. You will need to go for expensive treatments and replace the lost tooth with a synthetic one instead. One way of treating a lost tooth is by using dental implants. The dentist will basically drill a synthetic dental root into the empty gum hole and use that to secure an artificial tooth. Unlike other treatments, there will be repercussions on the adjacent teeth. You can also floss and brush your artificial teeth as if it was natural.

So there you have it. Ten of the most common dental problems people have to deal with at some point in their lifetime. If you feel there are other dental problems worth mentioning (we know there are a lot more), please comment using the form below. We appreciate your opinions and comments!

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