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4 Most Common Oral Health Problems and How to Treat Them

February 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — lakewaydentist @ 8:59 am

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For some, going to the dentist is an enjoyable experience. Leaving the dental office with a fresh, clean mouth gives them a boost of confidence and makes them feel great. For others, the thought of going to the dentist makes them worry about what their dentist will think of their teeth. Will I need a root canal? Will they notice I haven’t been flossing? Having oral health problems in Lakeway is very common. Luckily, there are many simple ways you can prevent them. Here are 4 of the most frequently diagnosed dental issues.

Tooth Decay

It’s not the greatest feeling when you hear that you have a cavity. Tooth decay is the second most prevalent health issue in the United States; the common cold is the first. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that by age 34, more than 80 percent of people will have experienced a cavity. Tooth decay is caused by acid from harmful plaque that bores into your enamel. Sugar and starches feed the cavity-causing bacteria. Dental sensitivity, sudden or constant toothaches and staining on any surface of your tooth (stains can be (brown, black or white), it is likely a result of tooth decay.

Halitosis (Constant Bad Breath)

Does your breath still smell bad even after you brush? If so, you might have halitosis. Bad breath can be embarrassing and can be the result of many different issues like gum disease, cavities and a buildup of bacteria on the tongue. Sometimes, microbes can accumulate on leftover food particles in the mouth or debris that is wedged between teeth, emitting sulfur compounds that cause foul odors. Mouthwash can’t do much if it isn’t accompanied by regular brushing and flossing. The good news is that your family dentist in Lakeway can help. They can find the underlying cause for your condition and create a treatment plan.

Periodontitis

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can become an incredibly serious oral health problem. Periodontitis is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss and the deterioration of the jawbone. It starts as gingivitis, swelling, redness and irritation of the gums near the base of your teeth. At this stage, the condition can be reversed. But if it progresses to the second stage of gum disease, it cannot be cured. Gum disease has also been linked to heart disease, stroke and infective endocarditis (infection of the inner walls of the heart). Like other dental problems, tooth sensitivity could mean that you are developing gum disease. Other symptoms include pain when chewing and swollen, sensitive gums.

Oral Cancer

This oral health problem is one of the most serious issues you can have. The death rate for oral cancer is higher than those of Hodgkin’s Disease, cervical cancer and lymphoma. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, it is estimated that this illness kills at least one person every hour. The good news is that oral cancer can be cured, but early detection is the key. If you have, lumps, oral sores that are slow to heal or rough patches in your mouth, it’s important to contact your dentist right away.

 

The best way to protect your teeth is to practice a good dental routine at home. This includes flossing once or twice a day and brushing for two minutes twice a day. The final step in your dental routine is getting regular dental exams. Visiting your dentist at least twice a year gives them the chance to catch any oral health problems early on and treat them before they progress.

 

About the Practice

Drs. Winston Eaddy and Daniel Eaddy are dedicated to providing patients with top-quality dental care in a comfortable environment. Dr. Winston has been transforming smiles since 1973. He began his practice of family, cosmetic and implant dentistry in Lakeway in 1999. Dr. Daniel received his DDS from The University of Texas San Antonio School of Dentistry in 2015 and completed his Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio. This father-and-son team works together to personalize every patient’s treatment to ensure they are able to achieve the healthy smile they deserve. If you’re ready to get your oral health back on track, visit the website or contact the office at (512) 263-4252 to schedule your appointment today.

 

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