3 Dental Woes Everyone Knows
If your dentist discovers an issue in your mouth, it may feel like the end of the world. But many oral health issues are surprisingly common. Here are three common dental woes you probably share with many others.
1.) Cavities: Almost everyone will eventually get a cavity. In fact, 92% of American adults get at least one cavity in one of their adult teeth. More surprisingly, 26% of all cavities go untreated. The best way to prevent cavities is by brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily, using mouthwash and seeing your dentist annually for a cleaning and check-up.
2.) Gum Disease: A study by the Center for Disease Control reports that half of all Americans have some form of gum disease. This could be either a mild, moderate or severe form of periodontitis or periodontal disease. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. As with cavities, the best way to prevent gum disease is with proper and regimented oral hygiene.
3.) Bad Breath: Approximately 65% of all Americans have bad breath, or halitosis. Sometimes bad breath is simply caused by food stuck in the mouth or eating food like garlic or onions. However, if the bad breath is persistent, there may be an underlying oral health problem causing it, such as cavities, gum disease or dry mouth. If you have chronic bad breath, see your dentist.
Don’t forget to book an appointment with your dentist regularly to avoid these common woes.