We use our teeth and our mouth every day, all day long. It is no wonder that over time, things can go wrong. Especially if they are not taken care of properly. With proper oral hygiene, most dental and oral problems can be prevented. Seeing a Sandy dentist will minimize issues. Below is a list of common oral health issues that you may face in your lifetime:
Cavities are formed from decayed areas of the hard surface of your teeth. This permanent damage develops into tiny holes or openings. Also called tooth decay, it is caused by bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, and consumption of sugary food and drinks without the proper cleaning of your teeth. Overall, bad oral hygiene is the culprit for most cavities. They are also very common in children, teenagers, and the older population. If cavities aren’t treated by a Sandy dentist, they can get large and affect the deeper layers of teeth. They can cause severe pain, infections, loss of teeth, and a need for more extensive dental treatments.
Regular dental visits, checkups, and cleanings with your Sandy dentist as well as good brushing and flossing habits are your best bet to combat tooth decay and cavities.
Gingivitis, a common and mild form of Gum Disease, or inflammation of the gums. This is caused by poor brushing and flossing habits. It is usually the result of plaque buildup on teeth. Gingivitis causes irritation, redness and swelling to gums. It is common for gums to bleed during flossing and brushing. It is important to treat this immediately as it can lead to more serious gum disease called periodontitis as well as tooth loss.
Periodontitis (per-e-o-don-TIE-tis) is a more serious gum infection. It causes damage to the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports the teeth. Although common, it is highly preventable. Generally, due to poor oral hygiene, it can cause teeth to loosen and lead to tooth loss. Brushing at least twice a day, and flossing daily is a good start to prevention. Getting regular dental checkups from your Sandy dentist will immensely improve your chances of successful treatment. It will also lower your chances of developing it.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
A crack or break in the tooth can occur from teeth grinding, chewing hard foods, or from an injury to the mouth. This can be very painful and can cause more severe problems if not taken care of. This is cause for an immediate visit to the dentist office.
If you have pain or discomfort with hot or cold food or beverages you may have sensitive teeth.
Tooth Sensitivity can also be referred to as “dentin hypersensitivity”. This can sometimes occur after a cleaning, filling, or root canal. It can also be from receding gums, gum disease, a cracked tooth, or worn down fillings or crowns. Some people have thinner enamel so they naturally have sensitive teeth. If this is the case, you can try specific brands of toothpaste and mouthwash made specifically for sensitive teeth. You can also be careful with the temperature of your food and drinks.
Time to Call your Sandy Dentist
If you have any of the above issues, or it is time for a check-up, call on a top Sandy dentist to provide you with the care your teeth need. The dental office of Gregory D. Perkins DDS is conveniently located in the Fort Union area. Call (801) 255-4870 today for cleanings, check-ups, teeth whitening, fillings, crowns, implants, bridges, dentures or any other dental services.