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5 common dental problems (and how to fix them)

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Common Dental Problems

Did you know that around 3.5 billion people worldwide are affected by dental problems? These problems can include many things, but some dental problems are more common than others. If you’re battling oral health problems, know that you’re not alone.

But what are the most common dental problems affecting adults? How do you solve these problems? Read on to learn the answers to these pressing questions.

1. Bad breath

Bad breath is medically known as halitosis. While many things can contribute to chronic bad breath, poor tongue and oral hygiene are often the culprits. Also, people who smoke or suffer from acid reflux are more prone to bad breath.

How to fix it: Make sure you use a tongue scraper at least once a day and brush your teeth 3 times a day. Using a mouthwash may also help. If bad breath persists, consider discussing other options with your dentist.

2. Sensitive teeth

Sensitive teeth are often (but not always) caused by exposed root surfaces. These roots may be exposed when teeth are chipped, broken, or missing. Tooth decay can also lead to exposed root surfaces.

How to fix it: You can try a toothpaste or mouthwash designed for sensitive teeth. However, these solutions are temporary and only one of the best dental practices can permanently resolve tooth sensitivity.

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3. Yellow Teeth

Some people’s teeth have a natural yellow undertone. However, yellowing is generally caused by poor diet and smoking. Teeth may also turn yellow due to poor oral hygiene.

How to fix it: You can use laser whitening, teeth whitening strips, or whitening gels to help fight yellow teeth. It also helps avoid certain things that are known to stain teeth, such as coffee, red wine, and smoking.

4. Tooth decay

Tooth decay is caused by bad bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria is usually removed when you brush your teeth, but some may remain if you’re not thorough enough. Some people have an excess of this harmful bacteria in their bodies, which can make them prone to tooth decay.

How to fix it: Dentists can fill cavities. Regular cleaning and good oral hygiene can prevent them from happening in the first place.

5. Gum disease

The initial stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. If left unchecked, it can become periodontitis. Gum disease is an infection of the gums and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

How to fix it: As with all other dental problems, good dental care habits can help. It’s also important to avoid smoking, stay hydrated, and have regular dental checkups.

More questions about common dental issues?

There are a range of dental problems that affect billions of people around the world. The five problems listed above are the most common, but the list is far from exhaustive and there are others.

Do you have more questions about common dental problems and how to fix them?

Check out our other blogs.You will find articles on oral health, general health and other related topics to help you learn more about oral health

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