Eating is one the most pleasurable things in life. It allows us to bond with each other and even forge new relationships while allowing us to appreciate new cultures.
Ironically, we often take our teeth for granted when eating. Their importance in letting us enjoy our food is not enough to save them from our neglect. In this article, we present three common dental issues that we often ignore, and why we should pay more attention to these issues.
Many of us just dismiss bad breath as a sign of poor hygiene, while doubling our efforts by brushing longer and using some mouthwash. While this is not necessarily wrong, treating the problem this way is not a comprehensive solution. Chronic bad breath or halitosis might be a symptom of a more serious issue with our teeth or other parts of the oral cavity. This annoying and embarrassing condition can be among the early signs of gum problems or tooth decay.
It’s also possible that bad breath, especially if it has become chronic, is actually a sign of issues that go beyond the mouth. It can signal problems with your stomach, intestines, and other parts of the digestive system.
We react strongly to blood because we have learned to associate it with injury or pain. Sometimes, however, our gums start to bleed without us experiencing any pain. This unfortunately leads us to ignore a rather alarming sign.
Bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis. This condition is characterized by swelling of the gums because of the presence of too much plaque on the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to even more serious gum problems.
Periodontitis is another gum ailment that is signaled by bleeding. This condition is far more serious. If left untreated, this disease can lead to the loss of strong bone tissues around teeth, causing them to just fall off. Most of the time, pain is involved.
We must note here that although periodontitis involves gums and teeth, it cannot be treated by an ordinary dentist. This ailment needs the expertise of a specialist known as a periodontist. If you have periodontitis and your dentist fails to refer you to a specialist, this can be considered malpractice. You need to get the help of legal professionals such as those from Tinker law firm to protect your rights.
No matter how much we enjoy eating, we still need to be mindful of what we put into our mouth. Acidic food like citrus fruits and soda can erode the outer layer of our teeth, making them highly susceptible to infection and decay, which may require more serious interventions such as fillings.
Good oral hygiene must be practiced at all times to prevent enamel erosion. It’s best to get the help of the dentist in ‘saving’ your teeth by strengthening them through fluoride treatments.
Teeth issues and other oral problems are quite common, which is why many of us tend to ignore them. It’s time to change this and start paying more attention.