Common dental problems the dentist in Sutton can fix
Dental issues that most of us have undergone range from inconvenient to painful. Fortunately, the good news is that most of them are preventable or if you’re already suffering from an ailment, treatable if diagnosed in time.
At Smile House Dental Practice, our dental practitioner’s biggest frustration is treating issues caused by failing to adhere to hygiene basics, or by individuals not knowing how to keep their oral health in check.
We’ll be looking at common dental problems in this article and how they can be prevented to ensure healthy teeth and strong gums.
What could I be suffering from?
Seeing the dentist in Sutton twice a year usually keeps significant illnesses and conditions at bay. However, intolerable pain and discomfort could point to serious ailments that may require you to see your oral health practitioner sooner rather than later. If the symptoms below occur, it might prove necessary to move your scheduled appointment up.
Halitosis or bad breath is generally a symptom of an underlying condition, which could include gum disease, cavities, or oral cancer.
Therefore, treating this condition or diagnosing a serious illness doesn't just save you from the embarrassment of not having a minty-fresh mouth, but could potentially save your life.
Cavities, tooth decay or dental caries, whatever you prefer to call them, are as prevalent as the common cold!
Cavities are caused when plaque on your teeth combined with sugar and starches you eat produces an acid that erodes the enamel on your teeth.
While cavities are commonly experienced in children, ageing can also cause decay.
Thankfully, cavities can be prevented by tweaking your diet, paying closer attention to your oral hygiene and restricting bad habits.
For example, try to reduce both your and your children's intake of sugar and carbohydrates, instead try filling your diet with lean proteins, vegetables, legumes, and other teeth-friendly foods. Additionally, brushing your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes, and following it by flossing should be a necessary part of your regime. Lastly, try to curb any smoking habits and moderate your drinking habits to prevent the onslaught of caries, or worse, major tooth loss.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums that gets progressively worse if left untreated.
There are two stages to gum disease, the first is gingivitis, and the second is periodontitis. Studies have shown that the latter is one of the major causes of teeth loss among patients.
If the disease is detected in its infancy stages, i.e. gingivitis, the damage caused is reversible.
Possible treatments include a deep cleaning called a root scaling and planing. During this procedure, plaque and hardened tartar are removed, while the roots are smoothed, allowing your gums to reattach to your teeth.
Common symptoms you should look out for include swollen and red gums, gums that bleed easily, and deep pockets between your gums and teeth.
Like all of the other dental issues, gum disease can be prevented by brushing your teeth, eating well, and visiting our dentist in Sutton as frequently as possible, especially if the symptoms above occur.