Overview
Sub-types
Symptoms
Associated Disorders
Causes
Treatments

Dental issues can include any problems with one’s teeth, mouth, throat, tongue, cheeks, jaw and neck. Seeing a dentist every 6 months and if you have an issue in between as well as regular teeth brushing, healthy diet and no tobacco use are the best ways to prevent dental issues. Dental x-rays can be helpful in the diagnosis of dental issues including cavities, and tooth development. Biopsies are often used to analyze abnormal lumps, lesion, growths and even oral cancer.

Dental Issue Sub-types

  • Cavities (gingivitis),
  • Tooth decay,
  • Periodontis,
  • Cracked or broken teeth,
  • Sensitive teeth,
  • Gum problems and disease (gingivitis),
  • Receding gums,
  • Worn-down fillings or crowns,
  • Oral cancer (cancer of gums, tongue, lips, cheek, floor of mouth, hard and soft palate),
  • Toothache,
  • Stained teeth,
  • Chipped tooth,
  • Impacted tooth,
  • Too many teeth (hyperdontia),
  • Crooked teeth,
  • Gaps between teeth,
  • Damage due to clenching or grinding teeth,
  • Wisdom teeth problems,
  • No room to floss,
  • Problems related to grills,
  • Mouth sores,
  • Bad breath,
  • Tooth erosion,
  • Cold sores (Fever blisters),
  • Thrush (oral yeast infection),
  • Darken tooth (dead tooth),
  • Canker sores,

Symptoms of Dental Issues

  • Ulcers, sores, or tender areas in the mouth that won’t heal after a week or two.
  • Bleeding or swollen gums after brushing or flossing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or beverages
  • Pain or toothache
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Pain with chewing or biting
  • Swelling of the face and cheeks
  • Clicking of the jaw
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Frequent dry mouth

Oral health issues can lead to:

  • Heart disease,
  • Endocarditis,
  • Premature birth and low birth weight,
  • Tooth abscesses,
  • Other infections,
  • Migration of your teeth,
  • Exposure of roots of teeth
  • Oral cancer,
  • Tooth loss,
  • Increased risk of diabetes, cancer, respiratory diseases, sepsis.

Causes of Dental Issues

  • Smoking
  • Poor brushing habits
  • Frequent snacking on sugary foods and drinks
  • Diabetes
  • Medications that reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth
  • Family history, or genetics certain infections, such as HIV or AIDS
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Acid reflux, or heartburn
  • Frequent vomiting, due to the acid

Preventative measures:

  • Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day
  • Flossing your teeth at least once a day
  • Decreasing your intake of sugar
  • Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables
  • Avoiding tobacco products
  • Drinking fluoridated water
  • Seeking professional dental care

Dental Treatments

  • Cleanings,
  • Fluoride treatments,
  • Antibiotics,
  • Fillings,
  • Crowns,
  • Sealants,
  • Root canals,
  • Probiotics,
  • Changing daily habits
  • Balanced diet,
  • No tobacco,
  • Brush teeth twice a day,
  • Surgery,
  • Bone grafting,
  • Soft tissue grafts,
  • Tooth extraction,
  • Dental implants