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If your dental health isn't in the best of shape, a survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) says the cause is likely one of three common oral health problems. The survey asked around 15,000 people across the country what kinds of problems they had experienced with their teeth and gums, and three in particular topped the list.
Here then are the top three oral health problems according to the ADA, how they could impact your health, and what you should do about them.
Tooth pain. Nearly one-third of respondents, particularly from lower-income households and the 18-34 age range, reported having tooth pain at one time or another. Tooth pain can be an indicator of several health issues including tooth decay, fractured teeth or recessed gums. It's also a sign that you should see a dentist—left untreated, the condition causing the pain could lead to worse problems.
Biting difficulties. Problems biting or chewing came in second on the ADA survey. Difficulties chewing can be caused by a number of things like decayed, fractured or loose teeth, or if your dentures or other dental appliances aren't fitting properly. Chewing dysfunction can make it difficult to eat foods with greater nutritional value than processed foods leading to problems with your health in general.
Dry mouth. This is a chronic condition called xerostomia caused by an ongoing decrease in saliva flow. It's also the most prevalent oral health problem according to the ADA survey, and one that could spell trouble for your teeth and gums in the future. Because saliva fights bacterial infections like gum disease and helps neutralize acid, which can lead to tooth decay, chronic dry mouth increases your risk of dental disease.
If you're currently dealing with one or more of these problems, they don't have to ruin your health. If you haven't already, see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible: Doing so could help alleviate the problem, and prevent even more serious health issues down the road.
If you would like more information on achieving optimum dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 3 Oral Health Problems.”
Dealing with a toothache? Here are the steps you should take.
Tooth pain is certainly not something to mess with and it certainly isn’t something to ignore. After all, dental pain of any kind can be a sign of serious oral health problems that won’t get better until treated by a qualified dental professional like our own Sequim, WA, dentist Dr. E. Richard Zbaraschuk.
Of course, we also know that dental pain can usually appear at the worst of times (aka: in the middle of the night). When this happens, here are some simple solutions to ease your pain until you can come into our office,
- Using an over-the-counter topical oral anesthetic like Orajel™. This can be purchased from your local drugstore without a prescription and can numb the pain; however, remember that this will not treat the problem, or temporarily alleviate your symptoms.
- Rinse your mouth out with saltwater. To do this, mix 1/2 teaspoon of regular salt with an 8-ounce glass of water. Swish it in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit it out (do not swallow the saltwater). The salt can alleviate some of the pain and swelling.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, which can also reduce pain and swelling. Do not try and rub the medication directly on the tooth or gums, as this could actually damage the soft tissue.
- If you notice that your face is a bit swollen, you can also apply a cold compress to that side of the face. This is common in those who have knocked out a tooth or chipped a tooth. If there is no damage to the tooth but you are dealing with facial swelling and a toothache, this could be a sign of a dental abscess.
It is important that you see your Sequim, WA, dentist right away if you are dealing with a toothache. After all, this is considered a dental emergency. Why? Because a toothache could mean,
- A cavity
- Gum disease
- A cracked or broken tooth
- An infected or abscessed tooth
- An impacted wisdom tooth
- A damaged dental filling
If you are dealing with a toothache or other dental emergency our Sequim, WA, family dentist is here to provide you with urgent dental care. Give the team at Zbaraschuk Dental Care a call right away at (360) 683-3626.