Dental hygiene is something that most of us avoid talking about. We are embarrassed by the dental issues we have, but the truth of the matter is that just about everyone has some sort of dental problem. Therefore, there is nothing to be embarrassed about as long as you’re getting your oral health issue treated.
Here are four of the most common oral health problems that people believe are embarrassing but really aren’t.
1. Bad Breath (medically known as halitosis)
If you suffer from halitosis, you’re not alone. According to research, one in four people have bad breath. Some studies also suggest that a whopping 50 percent of the U.S. population have bad breath. Some of the causes of halitosis include poor dental hygiene, food, tobacco products, medications, dry mouth, just to name a few.
If you suffer from the condition, review your oral hygiene habits. Make lifestyle changes, such as brushing your tongue and teeth after eating, using dental floss, breathing through your nose and drinking plenty of water.
2. Canker Sores
Do you have canker sores? If yes, don’t worry. Lots of people have them. Statistics demonstrate that a fifth of the general population is affected by recurring canker sores. This means (as of 2016) approximately 65 million Americans suffer annually from these painful ulcers. Fortunately, canker sores go away after a few weeks. However, if you have a canker sore that lasts for more than two weeks, see your dentist.
3. Gum disease
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, swollen/bleeding gums, sensitive teeth and painful chewing.
If you have gum disease, see your dentist for treatment.
4. Discolored Teeth
Are your teeth not as shiny as they used to? Well, there are several reasons why teeth staining may have occurred. These include the use of tobacco, foods and drinks, disease, poor dental hygiene, and trauma.
A few basic lifestyle changes like limiting the foods known to discolor teeth can prevent teeth staining. You may want to quit smoking and cut back on coffee drinking. Getting your teeth cleaned regularly by a dentist can also help keep stains at bay.
If you are considering brightening your teeth, there are a variety of whitening products available at the drugstore. It is however recommended that you talk to a dentist or a pharmacist to help you find a product that will be appropriate for you.