General Oral Care

Mouth Diseases You Should Know About

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There are serious diseases that can attack the mouth. It’s important to know the warning signs of these diseases and how the risk of contracting them can be minimized. Good oral habits and regular visits to your dentist are the best way to protect the health of your mouth and catch any problems early.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and if you work with your dentist you can reverse and stop it. If you ignore gingivitis it can develop into periodontitis, which is very serious and leads to tooth loss. Gum disease does not always give you any warnings it is present. Regular checkups with your dentist can catch it before it develops too far and can be treated. An important part of treating or preventing this serious form of gum disease is the practice of good oral hygiene at home by brushing twice a day and flossing. Good nutrition and twice a year dental visits contribute to a healthy mouth and smile.

Dry Mouth

According to Mouth Healthy and the American Dental Association, it is not uncommon to experience a dry mouth occasionally, but when your mouth is continually dry you should contact your dentist and maybe your doctor as well. Certain medications cause the side effect of dry mouth. Your dentist will look for tooth decay caused from a decrease in saliva, and your doctor will check for a condition or disease that may be the cause of your dry mouth. When a person suffers from dry mouth, tooth decay can occur more often because of the lack of saliva’s cleaning benefits. People who use inhalers need to rinse their mouths with water after its use to prevent the development of the candidiasis fungal infection. Always provide your dentist with a list of your medications.

Oropharyngeal Cancer

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, all cancers are better treated if caught early. Oropharyngeal starts as a little red or white spot in the mouth or throat. It doesn’t stand out, but it can be found in a dental checkup. The cancer can appear on the lips, gums, or tongue. If you have checkups twice a year, your dentist will be aware of even subtle changes in your oral health. Be sure to inform your dentist of a mouth sore that bleeds and doesn’t heal, lumps that seem thick, crusty areas, numbness, or pain. Also be aware and notify your dentist if you develop difficulty chewing, swallowing, or talking.

Sensitive Teeth

While having sensitive teeth is not a serious condition, it can be uncomfortable when eating very cold or hot foods. Ice cream can be a painful experience. There are a variety of reasons a person can have sensitive teeth including cavities, worn fillings, gum disease, and other treatable causes. Your dentist will advise you to practice good daily oral hygiene as the primary treatment and he or she may also recommend desensitizing toothpaste. Other treatments are also available and your dentist will suggest the one that best treats the cause of your sensitivity.