Our smile is at the forefront of our daily interactions with people, but sometimes we find ourselves embarrassed by the simplest of problems associated with our oral health. Well, here are some ways to solve the most common oral health problems!
For starters, we all know that the best way to keep up a healthy smile is to take the time to schedule regular dental appointments, brush two to three times per day, floss, and eat a balanced diet as well. In doing these, we are on the right track to a radiant smile. Sometimes however problems arise such as bad breath, bacterial buildup leading to tooth decay, receding gum lines, and mouth sores, so what do we do then? We want to keep our smiles glowing, so here’s how!
Let’s begin with one of the most embarrassing oral health problems we face: bad breath, also known as halitosis. Taking care of bad breath is dependent on what the actual cause of it is! In the vast majority of cases, it’s because of improper dental hygiene (we’re talking more than 60% of times!) However, if you suffer from chronic bad breath, then seeking treatment from a professional is required. In general, keeping your teeth clear of bacteria and food particles—yes, we mean flossing thoroughly every day—and changing your diet to limit junk food can help. You can try non-alcoholic mouthwashes, and chew ADA approved sugar free gum after a meal to combat both the bad breath and the food particles stuck in your teeth!
Mouth sores, or more commonly called canker sores can cause extreme pain inside and on the outside of our mouths, and they’re not so attractive either! If you are experiencing these types of sores, they can simply be treated with over the counter antibacterial medication. The application of a topical ointment will allow for relief and to reduce infection.
Tooth decay, often cause by a bacterial buildup, can be prevented by that twice a day brushing and flossing regiments, Also avoiding acidic foods such as “juices, pickles, soda and sports drinks” will also help to decrease erosion and decay.
Lastly, receding gum lines can cause serious issues, even causing the gums to become “red, swollen and bloody.” Leading to gingivitis, receding gums can even cause tooth loss eventually. Using an “ultrasoft” toothbrush, and possibly wearing a nighttime mouth guard to allow yourself not to grind and cause pain can help to alleviate the symptoms leading to gum recession.
For any of these issues, you should let your dentist know that you have these concerns. This way you can work together to keep your smile radiant for years to come.