Common Oral Health Problems

Common Oral Health Problems

Odds seem pretty good that if you’re looking for West Linn dental care you may be experiencing some kind of oral health problem. Whether a toothache, bleeding gums, or dry mouth, oral problems can happen to anyone at any age. Unfortunately, many people put off visiting the dentist until a major problem arises or they can no longer stand the discomfort they’re experiencing. When patients delay seeking oral care, a fairly minor issue can suddenly become a far more serious oral health problem.

While the best way to avoid any serious long-term oral health issues is to practice quality oral hygiene, oral problems can easily develop even in individuals who think they enjoy quality oral health. This is why scheduling regular dental exams and checkups with our team at Roane Family Dental ranks as a vital part in enjoying quality oral health for a lifetime. During a routine exam, Dr. Roane can spot any developing oral problems and treat the condition before it grows out of hand.

Let’s look at some of the most common oral problems and what you can do to treat them.

Gum Disease

There are several different stages of gum disease, and each impacts millions of Americans each year. The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and is also the stage you most want to catch and treat the disease. Gingivitis is easily reversible with treatment, but if the disease isn’t caught and treated in time it can develop into the far more serious periodontitis.

Early signs of gingivitis include:

  • Bad breath
  • Toothache
  • Receding gums
  • Swollen, red or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Teeth that have become loose or have shifted

Once identified, there are a number of ways Dr. Roane can treat gingivitis. First, our team at Roane Family Dental will perform an in-depth professional cleaning. Our gentle dental hygienists will remove plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Dr. Roane will then assess the current state of your oral health and provide any recommendations for how to care for your oral health going forward.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay occurs when plaque – a sticky biofilm – erodes away at the surface of your teeth, a hard substance known as enamel. Plaque produces a substance that cause enamel to breakdown over time, eventually creating cracks in the surface of your teeth that allow bacteria to attack the delicate interior known as dentin. As your enamel continues to breakdown and bacteria destroys the interior of your teeth, cavities begin to develop.

While many adults think of cavities as only occurring to children, the condition can actually happen frequently to adults as well. Typically, adults face cavities due to gum recession, a condition that exposes the roots of a tooth to bacteria. Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of tooth decay and cavities by practicing the following habits:

  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Avoid drinking beverages high in sugar, such as cola, fruit juice and sports drinks
  • Brush with a toothpaste that contain fluoride
  • Receive regular cleanings from our West Linn dental care

If you catch tooth decay in time, there are a number of way to fight cavities. Dr. Roane can fill a small cavity before it continues to grow, and our team can also provide deep oral cleanings that will help to reduce the spread of a cavity to neighboring teeth.

Dry Mouth

Everyone occasionally experiences dry mouth, but if the problem becomes persistent, you need to seek help from Dr. Roane. There are a number of underlying health problems that cause dry mouth as a symptom. So if you’re not taking any prescription medications that may cause dry mouth as a side effect, you need to schedule an exam with Dr. Roane.

Tooth decay and cavities can cause saliva flow to decrease in the mouth. There are a number of other medical problems that can lead to dry mouth such as rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis, anemia, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Any of these types of problems need to be addressed by a health professional immediately.

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