5 Common Dental Problems and How to Prevent Them

As a team of dental experts, everyone here at Dr Rez is well-equipped to provide dental treatments for a range of issues. However, we firmly believe that prevention is the key to minimising your risk of dental problems like tooth decay, sensitivity, and bad breath.

One of our main goals is to help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. To help you get started, this blog outlines five common dental problems and how you can prevent them both at home and with the help of your dentist.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems. It occurs when bacteria in the mouth produce acid that attacks the tooth's enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by practising good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and avoiding sugary or acidic foods and drinks.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that affects the gums and supporting tissues of the teeth. It is caused by plaque build-up on the teeth and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. To prevent gum disease, it is important to practise good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for dental check-ups and dental hygiene services.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that can cause pain or discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages. It is usually caused by worn tooth enamel, exposed tooth roots, or tooth decay. It’s important to brush your teeth well several times a day and avoid using abrasive toothpaste or brushing too hard.

Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common dental problem that can be caused by poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or certain foods and drinks. To prevent bad breath, we recommend maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, including brushing your teeth and tongue twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a condition that can cause damage to the teeth, jaw, and muscles. It is usually caused by stress, anxiety, or an abnormal jaw position. If you’re struggling with bruxism, we recommend that you try to manage stress and anxiety as much as you’re able to, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and wear a mouthguard at night.

Prevention is Key

Preventing dental problems is always better than treating them. By practising good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly for dental check-ups and any necessary dental treatments, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, eating a healthy diet, avoiding sugary or acidic foods and drinks, and not smoking can also help prevent dental problems.

If you want to maintain good oral health, it is important you know how to take care of your teeth and gums. At Dr Rez, we are committed to helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. Contact us today to schedule a dental treatment or to learn more about our general dentistry and dental hygiene services.

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