Have you ever wondered what dental problems exist and which ones you are at risk for? Well today we will give you some information on the top five dental problems that exist today to help increase your awareness about each of them.
1. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay, commonly known as the cavity, is caused from plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms when you eat sugars or starches. If plaque is left on your teeth for an extended period of time, decay forms on the teeth, causing cavities.
2. Periodontal (Gum) Disease
A common bacterial infection, gum disease affects millions of Americans today. Gum disease causes our gums to swell, redden and bleed. And if left untreated, a gum disease known as periodontitis can infect your gums and the bone underneath your teeth causing them to loosen and fall out.
3. Tooth Infection
A tooth infection sounds less than ideal right? Well, these infections are formed within the pulp of the tooth. Decay or injury can infect the pulp causing severe pain in and around the tooth.
4. Enamel Erosion
Erosion of the enamel can wear down the tooth’s surface, making them prone for discoloration and decay. This erosion can come from drinking citrus drinks or over brushing.
5. Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is a common issue that comes from a decreased flow of saliva in the mouth. Saliva plays a key role in protecting teeth from damage by washing away bacteria.