3 Common Oral Health Problems and How to Prevent Them

Tulsa family dentalTaking charge of our oral health can mitigate a number of uncomfortable symptoms and reduce the risk for serious dental conditions. When it comes to protecting family dental health, it is important that patients follow the advice of their dentist over alternative health advice that proliferates social media and the internet.

Following are helpful tips to combat common oral health issues.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a widespread oral health concern that can affect people of any age. Fortunately, most tooth decay is preventable with regular family dental care and proper oral hygiene at home. We recommend that our patients receive two checkups and professional cleanings each year. People should also watch their sugar consumption, drink plenty of plain water, and practice meticulous oral hygiene.

If a cavity does develop, it is best treated in its earliest stages. Mild tooth decay is normally rectified with small restorations called “fillings”. This minimally invasive treatment option is durable and discreet.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is more than just an uncomfortable symptom. Prolonged and persistent dry mouth could increase your risks for cavities and gingivitis. Unfortunately, many common health conditions and medications contribute to dry mouth.

If you find that you or a family member is struggling with dry mouth, increase your water intake and decrease your sodium consumption. When these changes aren’t enough to assuage your symptoms, talk with your dentist or family physician. A prescription mouth rinse or change in your medication regimen may help.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is early-stage gum disease. The most common symptoms patients experience are bleeding gums and tender gingiva. Early-stage gum disease is reversible if patients seek professional treatment and improve their oral hygiene. If you find blood on your toothbrush or floss, continue to clean your teeth and gums as recommended. If this continues, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Some patients may need specialized cleanings and prescription medications to manage their conditions.

Stopping gingivitis in its tracks is important for safeguarding your oral health. Advanced gum disease can lead to serious damage to your teeth, gums, and jaws.

Call Howl Dental today to reserve a checkup or cleaning.