For many of us, a trip to the dentist is more of a necessary task that something we genuinely want to do. While we are generally aware that dental health is important, it is often one of the most overlooked areas of health there is. A trip to the local dental clinic can prove to be expensive, and that is the biggest reason that people tend to put it off until they suddenly have time and money to organise it, or worse, when they can no longer ignore it. More than ever, there is a strong emphasis on the need for positive dental health outlook, and it is a need that, believe it or not, most of us need to take heed of. But why? What are the biggest dental problems that professionals working in dentistry come across during client appointments?
Plaque build up
This is one of the most common denominators when it comes to issues of dental health. Plaque tends to build up in the absence of effective daily brushing. Typically, plaque tends to build up most around the parts of the teeth that are not touched on as often during routine brushing, as well as below the natural gum line. This is where the bacteria begins to build up, which if left unchecked, can lead to the decay of a tooth’s external enamel. In chronic cases, it also unfortunately sometimes leads to gum disease. Taking care of plaque requires daily attentive brushing and even flossing to remove all the nasties from the teeth and keep them feeling and looking their best.
Obviously, our teeth are the most closely monitored part of the mouth during one’s daily upkeep routine, but we must work to keep our gums healthy, too. If teeth are the cars gleaming as they do, then the gums are the highways of the mouth that keep those cars where they are supposed to be. Sometimes, gum disease can come on easier than one might expect, but typically it is brought on by inefficient cleaning and the like. Experiencing symptoms like red and puffy gums (tell-tale symptoms of gingivitis) and bleeding when brushing and flossing can cause one to be more ginger about their daily dental care. If left untreated, gingivitis can evolve into periodontal or gum disease. This causes the teeth to loosen in the gum, and even fall out.
When one goes to the dentist, dental cavities are one of the most common findings that require attention. When you consume food and beverages that are sugary or otherwise processed or unhealthy, the sugar mingles with the naturally occurring bacteria of the mouth. That bacteria then feeds on the sugar, resulting in the appearance of acids that then attack the enamel of the tooth. When this acid build up occurs, if the teeth are not regularly cleaned both daily and occasionally (but periodically) professionally, these acids can cause cavities or holes to appear in the tooth.