According to a recent study by the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare some 64% of people aged 5 and over had cause to visit the dentist in the previous year. That equates to around 15 million patients.
For many of them their reason to visit the dentist was for a routine check-up, or maintenance work with an oral health therapist or dental hygienist.
However for a significant proportion of those 15 million people their reason to visit the dentist was because of some kind of pain or discomfort they were experiencing.
Outlined below are five of the main dental problems most dentists see when it comes to these types of dental appointments.
Most of the time they are preventable with regular flossing and twice daily brushing. As well also as a healthy diet which cuts out soft drinks, deserts and other foods that contain a lot of sugar.
1. Tooth Decay
By far and away the most common cause for toothache in both children and adults is Tooth Decay. It occurs as a result of plaque in your mouth mixing with sugar or starch. This produces an acid which starts to attack the tooth enamel.
If left untreated tooth decay can eat away at the tooth, to the point that it even causes erosion.
The more layers of tooth that get decayed the worse the damage.
2. Periodontal Disease
This is more commonly known as gum disease. It is a condition where the gums that surround your teeth become infected.
This takes the form of looking very red, being sore and even bleeding.
Unfortunately this usually occurs when a good daily oral healthcare is not followed.
“Most of the time they are preventable with regular flossing and twice daily brushing”
3. Broken/Chipped Tooth
Even if you maintain an excellent daily oral health routine accidents unfortunately happen.
This is particularly true if you play a contact sport. Which is why you should always wear a mouthguard.
However you can break or chip a tooth in the most innocuous of circumstances. When this occurs it can be very painful. Particularly when the fracture or break goes through to the nerves of the teeth.
To strengthen the enamel of your teeth you should eat plenty of dark leafy vegetables, dairy and protein-rich foods. You should also avoid fizzy drinks and juice, as well as lollies where possible.
If you do suffer from a chipped or broken tooth it is imperative to see the dentist straight away.
4. Tooth Sensitivity
If you experience pain or discomfort when consuming hot or cold drinks, as well as things like ice cream, or even just from inhaling cold air, you may have sensitive teeth.
You wouldn’t be alone either. Many people who visit the dentist suffer from sensitive teeth.
Tooth sensitivity can occur when the enamel that protects our teeth gets thinner. It can also happen as a result of gum recession as well. This exposes the underlying surface – the dentin – and therefore reduces the levels of protection the enamel and gums give to the tooth and its root.
Thankfully this can be managed through fluoride and specialised toothpaste. As well of course as a visit to your dentist.
5. Bad Breath
People find bad breath, or halitosis as it is also known, as probably the most embarrassing of all dental conditions. However it is very common.
It is safe to say halitosis afflicts everyone at least once during the course of their life.
There are several things you can do to combat bad breath on a daily basis.
Need To Visit The Dentist?
If you are suffering from any of these ailments please call Jess immediately on 07 5443 2800.
It is imperative you get your teeth checked out and treated to avoid the situation worsening.
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