Dental ailments are not new to us; there is always a sore here and an abscess there that can wreck your evening dinner plans. But just like any other physical ailment, dental ailments can also be easily treated or prevented.
Let’s look at the common dental problems that affect people and how complicated they can get. As you read further you’ll come to know the different ways in which these ailments can be prevented and managed in the future.
Bad breath is a huge source of embarrassment for many. If you don’t brush and floss teeth daily, food particles will remain stuck in your mouth and promote bacterial growth between teeth around the gums and on the tongue. This will then cause bad breath. In addition to this, odour causing foods, smoking and chewing tobacco based products can also cause bad breath.
Tooth decay is mainly caused by neglect. It often leads to loss of teeth, which is a huge price to pay for mere carelessness. If you don’t brush immediately after eating, the bacteria will feed on the sugar remains on your teeth and make acids. These acids will then attack the teeth for 20 minutes and destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and going for regular dental check-ups. You can prevent tooth decay by eating healthy food, avoiding as much as possible snacks and drinks that are high in sugar content. Make sure you drink plenty of water so that it washes off excessive sugars and acids from the teeth.
Another common dental problem is gum disease. It is an infection in the gums surrounding the teeth. There are two major stages of gum diseases: Gingivitis and Periodontitis. These diseases can often result in the loss of teeth, however, regular dental check-ups, brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day can play an important role in preventing gum diseases.
Having plenty of nuts can keep gum diseases away and keep teeth strong. Nuts contain Vitamins and minerals that protect teeth. Some important nuts include peanuts (calcium and vitamin D), almonds (high level of calcium that helps both teeth and gums), cashews (stimulates saliva and helps clean teeth) and walnuts (fibre, folic acid, iron, thiamine, magnesium, niacin, Vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium and zinc).
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. It is caused by a gradual exposure of the softer parts of the teeth that lies under the tooth enamel called ‘dentine.’ Dentine has tiny tubules that lead to nerve and are filled with fluid. Eating or drinking foods and drinks that are hot, cold or sweet can cause a change in fluid movement.
Dr. Deepmala, B.D.S., M.I.D.A
Deep Dental Clinic
Sector-9, Huda Market, Faridabad