Child brushing teeth

Caring for your teeth is very important but the reality is that not everyone keeps to a consistent dental care routine. It can be easy to forget about brushing and flossing but it’s paramount that you do your best to remain consistent because consistency is the most effective way to keep your mouth healthy.

Not brushing regularly and a poor diet can lead to a number of different oral health problems, common problems that lots of people experience. Here’s a look at the three most common oral health issues people currently face.

1. Tooth decay

Tooth decay is the most common problem people face in regards to oral health. I’m sure you have heard your dentist talk about it before, decay is what you’re warned about constantly because it leads to cavities, tooth decay happens when plaque builds up and settles on the outer layers of your teeth. The decay sets into the tooth and wears away at enamel resulting in holes and damaged teeth.

The best way to prevent this is to keep up with regular brushing and flossing, protect and reinforce your teeth’s enamel and prevent them from further decay. Eat healthily and try to avoid foods that are high in sugar, sugars can often aggravate and accelerate tooth decay.

Once the enamel has worn away and holes have formed there are no solutions outside of filling them in. There is no fixing a cavity with brushing or flossing.

If you have holes in your teeth or if you’re experiencing decay you need to get it checked by a dentist immediately. Not fixing the problem can lead to infection or further even worse oral health problems.

2. Gum disease

Gum disease can be another result of built-up bacteria and plaque. The disease wears away at your gums fibres. It’s a slow-acting disease so you have time to treat it if you suffer from it, as long as you catch it early. Your treatment depends on what stage of the disease you find yourself in.

If you are in the early stages you can treat yourself with vigilant brushing however if you are in the later stages a professional dentist will need to help.

A common symptom of gum disease is gums that regularly bleed or sore gums. To be sure you should see a dentist if you think you are suffering from it, it’s an incredibly common problem that a lot of adults and children face and it can be an easy fix.

3. Worn down enamel

Sugary drinks and snacks wear down our enamel over time and this leads to discolouration. Since sugar is such a big part of people’s day to day diets it’s a common problem. Worn down enamel can be seen clearly

Like with cavities if your enamel is worn out there is no bringing it back. The best prevention is a consistent oral health care routine and a healthy diet. If you like sugary or fruity drinks just make sure you brush frequently to avoid plaque and bacteria building up.

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