According to data, more than 90% of adults in India have periodontal disease, and more than 70% of kids have oral cavities. Additionally, about 30% of kids have dental and jaw alignment issues. More than half of Indians with dental problems obtain care or guidance from non-dental specialists like pharmacists. One of the main reasons for dental cavities is the increasing modernism that has caused more and more Indians to switch from a traditional, fibre-rich diet to a sugary, synthetic diet.


Value of maintaining healthy oral hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene practice is essential if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It involves routines including twice-daily brushing, flossing, and routine dental services such as check-ups. When left untreated, dental decay and gum disease can result in pain, discomfort, and in severe cases, tooth loss. In addition, these oral health disorders can make it difficult for a person to function at work, school, or in personal life by causing malnutrition, speech impairments, confidence problems, and absenteeism.


We don’t give our teeth much thought in today’s busy world, even though they are always at work biting, tearing, chewing, speaking, and smiling away. So, just as our mouths benefit us, we also need to take good care of them. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, dental issues occasionally still occur. But don’t be alarmed; that’s very normal.


After all, our mouths are considered to be living organisms. Whatever the case, you should constantly be on the lookout for indicators that something is amiss with your teeth and be proactive about seeing your neighbourhood dentist get them examined. As a result, today, we’re going to look at some typical dental issues, how to identify them, and how to treat them.


Tooth Decay

The most frequent issue that dentists will treat is tooth decay. Everyone experiences it at least once throughout their lifetime unless they practice perfect oral hygiene. Dental cavities are another name for tooth rot. Plaque accumulation on the teeth is the cause of the problem. Sugar in plaque eventually breaks down into acids, which eat away at the enamel and cause holes in the tooth.


When you consume and drink sugary, hot, or cold items, you probably feel discomfort if you have tooth decay. Additionally, you can see black or brown spots developing on your teeth and have foul breath. You can also have bad taste in your mouth. Don’t ignore the cavity because doing so could lead to infection in the future.


Unfortunately, once decay has started, there is no way to have your tooth grow back. Therefore, the only course of action is to go to the dentist. You will get the cavity filled after they remove the tooth decay for you. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will help you avoid tooth decay in the future. Additionally, essential to preventing plaque buildup between your teeth is flossing. Dental check-ups on a regular basis are also necessary. Additionally, we advise staying away from sweet foods.


Gum Disease

Periodontitis is the term used medically to describe gum disease. It is simply a bacterial illness that develops in the mouth as a result of, you guessed it, plaque buildup. If left untreated, gum disease can cause significant soft tissue damage to your gums and bone deterioration that supports your teeth. Additionally, it may result in your teeth being loose or even falling out.


Fortunately, gum disease can be quickly identified. Periodontitis is bleeding, red, swollen gums, and poor breath. In addition, your teeth will feel incredibly delicate, and eating food will hurt a lot. Finally, your teeth may appear longer than usual if your gums begin to recede.


What steps should one take to treat gum disease? To begin with, you must see your dentist at Keels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. They will be able to treat the underlying infections right away. They may occasionally recommend antibiotics. Depending on the type and severity of the infection, they may sometimes refer you to a dental hygienist. You should adequately brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily to stop gum disease before it starts. Smokers may desire to quit smoking as well. Your dentist’s office’s professional cleaning services will also be beneficial.


Root Infection

When your tooth’s base (or root) becomes infected and starts to swell up with germs, this condition is known as a root infection, more generally referred to as a tooth infection. If root infections are not treated, the nerves and tissue of your tooth will gradually suffer damage, and abscesses will eventually develop. Occasionally, a tooth’s cavities, fissures, or fractures cause a root infection.


If you have a root infection, it should be obvious. First, you’ll experience a persistent toothache that feels throbbing. In addition to being extremely sensitive to cold and heat, the area will also be painful to chew and bite. There may also be face swelling where the infection resides.


You will require root canal therapy to recover from a tooth infection. Although these procedures have a poor reputation, they are very safe, and dentists will administer anaesthesia during the surgery. As a result, nothing prevents you from getting the assistance you require. However, it would be best if you continued the proper dental procedures we have discussed several times to shield your teeth from further root infection.


Enamel Erosion

Enamel degradation is sneaky and takes place over time. Your teeth’s surface will deteriorate, rounding out and turning discoloured. It happens due to consuming too many sugary and acidic meals, primarily soda and sweets. Rarely, excessive tooth brushing can be the culprit.


As we previously noted, because enamel erosion occurs gradually, it can be a little trickier to diagnose than other dental issues. You can still watch out for warning signals when you examine your teeth or general health, though. First, you could notice that eating sweets or consuming hot and cold foods and beverages causes a slight ache in your teeth. Other indications include discolouration or extreme sensitivity.


Your teeth weaken over time, increasing the likelihood of cracks, chips, and cupping.


Once the enamel has eroded, there is little you can do to repair it; however, you can get cosmetic procedures like dental veneers. These can aid in hiding your teeth’s post-erosion discolouration and uneven look. However, reducing your consumption of sugary and acidic liquids is a superb strategy to alleviate enamel erosion. Wine, carbonated drinks, fruit juice, and ectara are examples of this. Additionally, some dentists could advise utilizing a toothbrush with softer bristles.


Here at Keels Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are proud to offer our patients a wide range of dental services. Whether you require a simple cleaning or a more complex procedure, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to meeting you!