What are the major problems you can find in your mouth?!
Periodontal disease caused by bacteria found in dental plaque.
The first stage is called gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), which is the only stage that is reversible. The second stage we call periodontitis(inflammation of all gums, ligaments, and bone)
Treatment methods depend on the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are so important where individualized treatment will be planned by hygienist or dentist.
Tooth sensitivity — also known as hypersensitivity. Tooth sensitivity has many dental causes that related to cavities, tooth fractures, worn tooth enamel, exposed tooth dentin, loose fillings, gum disease, grinding teeth, hard-pressure tooth brushing, gums reduction.
Missing Teeth & Decay(cavities)
If you are missing some teeth, there are plenty of reasons to correct the problem. Large space between your teeth may affect your chewing, speech and appearance will be not the best.
If you feel like your mouth is always dry, it may be time to seek treatment. Medications, alcohol, drugs and certain health conditions can lead to dry mouth.
Saliva washes away food, debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, defense against teeth decay and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth, offering first-line protection against microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.
Like a crater (ulcer) on your cheek or on the inside of your lip or tongue. Can have yellow or white color with red borders around. Usually painful and can make it hard to talk and eat. You may have one or more than one cancer sore at a time.
Cold sores, or we call it fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth, or nose. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. They usually heal in several days to 2 weeks.
You are not recommended to take any dental treatment during the first days of cold sore while your blisters contain liquid, it can be contagious when burst!
Oral cancer is an uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue in the mouth, head, and neck. The main reasons related to smoking, alcohol consumption, traumatized tissues, etc.
Your dental hygienist should find specific, individualized treatment for any of your problems or refer you to other professionals for assessments!
Read detailed explanations of each problem in the next post 🙂