Health problems are present in the majority of people living on this planet. The odds of you having zero health problems are pretty low indeed. This is because there are numerous different issues we can have with our health. Normally, people think of the typical problems, like diseases, high blood pressure, obesity. But, there are also lots of other, lesser known, health issues we could have.


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Which brings me to the talking point of today’s article; oral health. Caring for your teeth and gums is very important, more so than you’d think! The problem is, most people neglect their oral health, and don’t do enough to ensure their mouth is in good shape. If you asked most people what the main issues with poor oral health are, they wouldn’t be able to tell you. They’d probably think it means you have bad teeth that don’t look very appealing. And, yes, that is a problem with poor oral health. However, there are lots of other issues that you have to be aware of and need to know how to address. So, let’s take a look at them:

Gum Disease

A highly common oral health issue is that of gum disease. Most people will experience some form of gum disease if they don’t take care of their mouth. The most well-known form of it is gingivitis. People with gum disease will end up with swollen and bleeding gums. As you can imagine, this isn’t a nice thing to experience at all! It can be extremely painful, and end up causing your teeth to fall out too. Your gums become so bad that your teeth struggle to stay fixed into them, and fall out. So, you end up with bleeding gums and fewer teeth. If you have gum disease, your dentist will usually pick up on it when they see you. Of course, this is assuming you’ve been to the dentist regularly! If you haven’t been for a while, go. They’ll tell you what needs to be done to cure the gum disease. Normally, this involves cleaning your teeth and making sure you floss and use mouthwash. To help you out, look at the correct flossing and brushing techniques: Your dentist will also recommend you see a hygienist so they can give your teeth a proper and more detailed clean.


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Tooth Decay

Another common oral health problem is tooth decay, in fact, it’s possibly the most common there is. There are plenty of things that can cause your teeth to erode and decay. The result of this is that you have horrible looking teeth that need to be removed before they cause an infection. Sadly, tooth decay is incredibly high in young children these days. This is down to all of the sugary drinks and snacks they’re eating. For those that don’t know, sugar is awful for the health of your teeth. If you end up with tooth decay, you’ll need to see a dentist, to get the required treatment. The severity of your treatment will depend on how bad the decay is. If things are in the early stages, you might need a filling to help replace part of the tooth that’s decayed. Move things forward and you’ll need root canal treatment. And, even further than that and your tooth will have to be removed. Now, it’s never nice having things done to your mouth, even fillings can be painful. Dentists will use syringes, like the one here, for most procedures. Being injected in your mouth is not something you want to experience, trust me. To avoid this pain, stay clear of sugary treats and drinks. Also, make sure you’re brushing twice a day and using toothpaste with fluoride.

Teeth Grinding

The last problem is slightly different from the first two I’ve mentioned. Teeth grinding isn’t something you get; it’s something you do that has consequences. If you grind your teeth a lot, you could end up with lots of issues. Firstly, you can cause your teeth to be out of place, which can be painful and you’d need braces. Secondly, it can cause the enamel of your teeth to erode, and you might even chip your teeth too. And finally, it can result in problems with your jaw. You might get lockjaw or end up with joint problems. So, it’s important you stop grinding your teeth! To help you out, it might be a good idea to wear a gum shield to prevent teeth grinding.

There are lots of oral health problems, and it’s up to you to ensure you avoid them. Take care of your mouth, it’s extremely important!