Dental hygiene is severely underrated. It is common for many oral health problems to go unnoticed and by the time action is taken, it’s too late. Some problems might even require oral surgery to remedy them. Below is a list of common dental problems encountered by a skilled Philadelphia oral surgeon like Dr. Anthony Farole, DMD:
1. Tooth Decay
This happens when you allow sugars and starches to linger on your teeth for too long, thus resulting in the formation of bacteria. This is a common problem for both adults and children who don’t take proper care of their teeth.
2. Gum Disease
This is characterized by a bacterial infection that attacks the gums, bone, and ligaments. It starts out as gingivitis, then later on progresses into periodontitis. People who have poor oral health or systemic diseases such as diabetes as most prone to developing gum disease.
3. Tooth Sensitivity
This happens when one is over exposed to heat and cold, causing the gums to recede and the teeth to be exposed to air and fluids that stimulate the sensation.
4. Enamel Erosion
This can occur from consuming too much acidic drinks which wear down and discolor the surface of the teeth. This also happens to people suffering from bulimia or those who over brush. The erosion of this protective layer can result in the weakening of the teeth.
5. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
TMJ is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint and happens to people who grind their teeth subconsciously. This affects people who are under a great deal of stress, or those who night grind.
The Huffington Post states:
“We all know that the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth, thoroughly, twice a day and many of us have been begged by our dental hygienists to actually floss. Cosmetic dentist and Huffington Post blogger, Dr. Thomas P. Connelly, adds that a morning tongue scraping is a “huge” part of overall oral health”
These problems can be easily avoided by taking the necessary precautions. Learning to brush your teeth properly is actually a bigger deal than most think because learning good habits from the start can save you a lot of trouble later on. Although if the time comes when the damage becomes irreparable, you can always seek a professional oral surgeon in Bala Cynwyd like Dr. Farole.
(Article Excerpt and Image from 10 Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them, The Huffington Post, 14 March 2011)