Dental Problems

Common Causes of Dental Problems

Common Causes of Dental Problems

Since you were a child visiting the dentist you have heard about cavities and gum disease, in fact you have probably had a filling or two yourself.  As an adult your dentist has probably also mentioned things like gingivitis, those are some of the most common issues patients here about who regularly visit the dentist.  The food and drink you consume along with your habits like smoking can all affect your oral health.  Let’s look at some of the common causes of dental problems and what can happen.

Some of the more common dental problems that you can experience throughout your life are:

  • Teeth sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Bad breath
  • Canker sores
  • Dry mouth
  • Toothaches and pain in your jaw

Here is what these problems look like

Causes of Dental Issues

There are plenty of reasons for dental issues, including accidents, other medical issues and genetics.  However the most common reason for dental decay is poor hygiene and not seeing a dentist regularly.

Poor Dental Hygiene: Dental problems are often brought about by the routines you have for brushing and flossing at home.  Not brushing and flossing consistently can leave behind food particles that cause tooth decay and gum disease.  Gum disease in particular can cause bone loss, bad breath and your teeth can fall out.

Trauma:  Trauma can happen at any age and often it is a sports related injury which is why so many sports require players to wear mouth guards.  When you get hit in the mouth and damage your teeth or gums it can weaken the tissue and make you more susceptible to tooth decay and lost teeth.  Common accidents are chipping, cracking or breaking a tooth.  If this happens to you then you need to see your dentist or the emergency room right away.

Pre-existing Health Conditions:  There are some health conditions like diabetes or HIV that can increase your chances of infection and disease.  There are other conditions that require long term use of antibiotics that can affect the condition of your teeth.  If you have TMJ or bruxism or other problems with your mouth they can also cause tooth decay.

There are lots of causes of dental issues, but you can deal with them or reduce them by having good brushing habits and seeing your dentist regularly.  You may have to visit the dentist a bit more regularly if you suffer from gum disease, prevention is much better than spending thousands on dental procedures like crowns and root canals.

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Prevention

Getting Your Kids to Brush and Floss

Getting Your Kids to Brush and Floss

One of the most important aspects for good oral health is a regular routine of flossing and brushing and it needs to start early.  Getting your kids to brush and floss regularly may seem like a battle that you can’t win, but that’s not the case.  You can encourage them to form good habits and to take care of their teeth properly.  One of the challenges is getting kids to brush long enough, to reach the back teeth and to learn how to floss properly.  Not teaching your kids to floss can cause dental decay and cavities later on.  When you take your child to the dentist for the first time they will be shown how to floss by the hygienist, but after that it will be up to you as the parent to keep up the routine.

Here is how you can help encourage your children to maintain good oral hygiene.

  1. The earlier you get started the better. A toddler may not be there to be able to do it all themselves but you can help and the routine of brushing after meals and before bed will become established.
  2. As kids get older you can show them exactly what happens when they fail to brush and floss. Kids understand visuals better than they do a spoken explanation.  You can show them pictures of bad teeth that have been damaged by decay.
  3. Use a toothbrush suitable for their age. Little kids have small hands and don’t have the dexterity for a big toothbrush.  Your pediatric dentist can help you choose the right one.
  4. Let your child choose their own toothbrush from a selection, it will help them feel included and now there are all kinds of toothbrushes with superhero handles or whatever cartoon character they like.
  5. Be the example of the behavior you want to see. Brush your teeth with them after meals so they not only learn from you and develop the good habits you want them to have. You are the example that your kids look up to, even when it comes to mundane things like brushing and flossing.

When should your kids start brushing?

Your children should start brushing as soon as they have a few teeth.  Once they have teeth then you can get them used to proper hygiene, you need to help your kids have good oral health until they are old enough to manage it themselves.

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