There is a lot happening in that small mouth of yours. Some people are blessed with low maintenance mouth, but for the majority of us, our mouths seem to be quite problematic. To help you over the hump of the most common dental dilemmas, here are tips to avoid and be aware of the most common dental dilemmas.

Of course, it goes without saying that everyone should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each brushing and floss at least once a day. I’d be remiss if I actually thought everyone did these two simple tasks, so by all means – please brush twice and floss once, you’ll be amazed at the positive impact this will make in your oral health.

Bad breath is a common dental problem for many people. The tongue is the main source for bad breath because of its propensity to harbor layers of foul smelling bacteria.  If you brush or gently scrape your tongue when you brush your teeth, I promise it will help! Dry mouth and post nasal drip are two other causes for bad breath.  If you suffer from either, be sure to seek medical attention to treat these conditions.

Another common dental dilemma is gum disease. Gum disease is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking or a genetic predisposition that makes certain people more susceptible to gum disease. Gum disease may seem harmless. You may think that puffy, irritated gums aren’t so bad, but the bacteria associate with gum disease can cause heart problems or stroke. Better daily home dental hygiene habits can help you avoid gum disease. Ask your doctor for more aggressive treatment options if you have the beginning stages of gum problems.

Tooth sensitivity tops the carts of dental dilemmas due to the large number of reasons people experience the problem. Exposed root surfaces, exposure to hot or cold food/beverage, cracked teeth and acidity issues are common causes of tooth sensitivity. Because there are so many different things that can cause sensitivity, ask your dentist to discover the root of the problem to give you some relief.

There’s no way around it, yellow teeth are primarily a result of the food and drinks you consume. If you are tired of your dull smile and yellow teeth, ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening options or limit the intake of staining foods and beverages.

Cavities round out our list of most common dental dilemmas. Some people are more prone to cavities, while others can make it their whole life without getting a single cavity. Twice daily brushing and daily flossing is the best thing you can do to avoid cavities. Regular dental checkups and professional dental cleanings can help identify areas of concern or pin point a cavity that needs to be filled. Now that you know the most common causes for dental dilemmas, we hope you can take the small steps necessary to help avoid them.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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