Oral Health: Common Problems and Solutions For a Healthy Smile

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It’s important to keep your mouth healthy

Often times we don’t think about oral health when we think about our overall health. But the reality is, whether or not you have a healthy mouth can directly affect your general health and your quality of life.

That’s why we invite you to read our selection of articles about a wide range of oral health topics—so you can be your healthiest self. You’ll find information on:

  • Common problems and solutions related to oral health
  • What you can do to improve your oral health
  • When to see a dentist

We hope that by reading these articles, you’ll be able to keep your mouth healthy and thus live a better and happier life.

Tooth decay

We start this article off with one of the most prevalent problems associated with oral health—that is tooth decay and cavities. Tooth decay and cavities is something that most people will deal with at some point in their lives, even though both of these are largely preventable.

You can read all about tooth decay and cavities in our full guide to tooth decay. We’ll go over the basics of limiting your chances of getting tooth decay, but we’ll also talk about what to do if you are one of the many people who experience tooth decay and cavities.

Tooth abscess

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Tooth pain could be caused by an abscess

If you have a healthy oral hygiene routine, then you are doing a great job of lowering your possibilities of having a tooth abscess. But unfortunately, it’s still something you should be aware of in case it happens to you.

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that forms when a bacterial infection breaks down surrounding tissue, and it can be extremely painful and cause irreversible damage. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of this issue by reading our guide to dental abscesses, so you can get to the dentist for proper treatment.

Toothache

The reality is that most of us will suffer from a toothache, at least once, but probably multiple times during our lifetimes. A toothache can have various causes, such as infection, a damaged tooth or it can be a side effect of dental work like a tooth extraction.

Whatever the cause of your toothache, you’ll want to know how to get rid of it and fast. Thankfully, you can read our article on toothache to learn what the causes might be and if you need to get to a dentist for treatment.

Sometimes you might have to wait to get in to see the dentist, or your toothache is the normal side effect of dental work and you just have to wait for it to heal. If you’re experiencing a toothache at home, read our article about home remedies for toothaches, so you can get the pain relief you need as soon as possible.

Tooth extraction

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You may need a tooth pulled for a healthier smile

There are many reasons why you might need to have a tooth extraction, but none of them make the idea sound very appealing. If you do need to have a tooth taken out however, you’re not alone, as this is a procedure that most people have to experience at some point in their lives.

To help you feel more prepared for your tooth removal, have a look at our tooth extraction guide, and you’ll learn all about the process, recovery, and ways to make it all go as smoothly as possible.

Bleeding gums

If you’ve noticed some redness along your gumline, or even bleeding when you brush your teeth or floss, you’re probably wondering why this is happening, and what you can do to remedy it. Bleeding gums can be caused by a whole host of reasons, and isn’t something that you should simply ignore.

What’s more, it may be fairly easy to treat, simply by improving your brushing technique, or by adding flossing to your oral hygiene routine. You can learn all about bleeding gums, causes and treatments in our bleeding gums guide here, and get on the road to better oral and overall health.

Gingivitis

If you let your bleeding gums go untreated, you may develop gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease. Gingivitis is fairly common, but this doesn’t mean that it should be ignored. That’s because it can turn into a more serious condition, periodontitis, which can even result in the loss of teeth and bone deterioration in your jaw.

To find out more about gingivitis, including what you can do to treat the situation so it doesn’t turn into something worse, you can read our article about gum disease, where you’ll learn all about causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Mouth ulcers

You may be familiar with mouth ulcers by their more common name—canker sores. And if you’re familiar with them, then you know they aren’t any fun to deal with, in fact, they can make talking and eating a painful chore.

Normally, a canker sore is nothing to worry about, and will disappear in a few days on its own, but sometimes, it can indicate a more serious health problem. Either way, you can read all about canker sores—causes, symptoms, treatment and when to see a doctor—by reading our full guide to mouth ulcers.

Wisdom teeth

They’re called wisdom teeth because they grow in later than your other teeth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. (Although it could be argued whether one can really be considered wise anytime before the age of 40).

They’re also called third molars in the medical world, and may or may not cause you problems. Some people can live their whole lives without having to get their wisdom teeth taken out, but for many, wisdom teeth can become impacted and require extraction. You can read more about wisdom teeth in our detailed article.

If you do experience wisdom tooth pain, that’s a definite sign that you should go see your dentist. It may be that it’s normal pain caused by eruption, or it could be that there’s no room for them to grow in, in which case they’ll need to be removed. Read more about wisdom tooth pain, to help you figure out why you might be experiencing it, and what to do if you need it extracted.

If you do need your wisdom tooth to be extracted, you’ll want to know how to recover properly. For this, you can read our wisdom teeth recovery guide.

Pulpitis

Pulpitis is the medical name for inflamed dental pulp tissue. If you are experiencing this condition, it can potentially be quite painful. Fortunately, pulpitis is usually treatable and reversible, especially when caught early on.

If you’re concerned about pulpitis, you can read our pulpitis guide here, and learn all about the various types of pulpitis, what causes it, how your dentist will diagnose it and most importantly your treatment options.

Dead tooth

A dead tooth is when the blood supply of a tooth is disrupted, and stops the tooth’s ability to live. A dead tooth can be caused by trauma or decay. Some of the most common symptoms you may experience include toothache, sensitivity, discoloration and infection. Just because you have a dead tooth doesn’t mean that you will have to have that tooth extracted, in fact, it’s better if you can keep the teeth; this can sometimes be done with a root canal.

Even if your dead tooth isn’t causing you any pain, it shouldn’t be ignored and you should see a dentist as soon as you think you have a dead tooth. Otherwise, if left untreated, an infection could spread to your other teeth, your jawbone and even to other parts of your body. You can read our full article about dead teeth now.

Sensitive teeth

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Do you have sensitive teeth?

Are you finding it painful to bite into that icecream sandwich, or enjoy your steaming hot morning coffee? If so, you are probably experiencing tooth sensitivity. Sensitive teeth are relatively common and can be caused by worn down enamel, damage to a tooth, and exposed tooth roots, just to name a few.

It may be that a simple change in toothpaste will help make your symptoms go away, or it may be that your sensitive teeth are the sign of a more serious issue that will need to be treated by your dentist. Read our article about sensitive teeth and learn more about causes, treatment and when to see your dentist.

Bruxism

Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding, is when you clench or grind your teeth involuntarily. This may not sound like a big deal, but over time it can damage your teeth, cause stress in your jaw and also cause headaches.

If you do grind your teeth, you may not even know you’re doing it, but it could explain those headaches you’ve been having, or the reason why your jaw has been so sore of late. To find out more about bruxism and if this condition affects you, read our teeth grinding article here.

Emergency dental care

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Make sure to see a dentist for an emergency

A dental emergency can happen to anyone, so it’s important to know how to deal with it. Whether you’re experiencing extreme pain, loss of a permanent tooth, the loss of a crown or a serious infection, it’s important that you get in to see a dentist ASAP. You can read our emergency dentist article here to find out what constitutes a dental emergency, what to do if you have one and ways to ease pain until you can get in to see your dentist.

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