Dental illnesses or Dental diseases refer to any condition that impacts our dental organs such as the teeth and gums. Some of the most common dental illnesses include Tooth decay, Tooth infection and pain, Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Impacted tooth and Canker sores.
Here’s a brief list of some of the most common dental diseases:
Bad breath or ‘Halitosis’ is one of the most prevalent dental problems, caused by different kinds of severe dental conditions such as Gum disease, Cavities, Oral cancer, Dry mouth and bacteria on the tongue. Therefore, if you suffer from bad breath, do visit your dentist for a thorough diagnosis.
Tooth decay happens when plaque in the teeth combines with the sugar and starch present in the food that we consume. This unhealthy combination produces acids that adversely affects the tooth enamel and destroys it. The best way to prevent tooth decay is to brush and floss twice a day, go for regular dental check-ups and to avoid eating snacks and drinks that have significantly high sugar levels.
Gum disease or Periodontal Disease is a major cause of tooth loss among grown-ups. There are two types of Gum diseases: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. According to studies, Gum disease increases the risks of heart attacks and strokes. Gum disease can be prevented by regular dental check-ups and brushing and flossing your teeth daily.
Oral cancer is a devastating disease that affects millions of people, every year, worldwide. Oral Cancer, which severely affects the mouth, lips or throat, could be cured if it is diagnosed and treated in the early stages.
A mouth sore usually gets healed on its own and does not require any special treatment unless it lasts more than two weeks. Some of the most common mouth sores are canker sores, fever blisters, cold sores, ulcers and thrush.
Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem and refers to pain or discomfort caused to teeth while consuming sweets, hot drinks, cold drinks, ice cream or even from exposure to cold air, brushing and flossing. Tooth sensitivity can be easily prevented.