Dental Problems – Minor or Major?
There are many problems that can present themselves in your mouth. Most of them occur due to poor dental hygiene. Some of the problems can happen regardless of your dental hygiene. Sometimes you can contract something from another person, or sometimes you can get it for reasons outside of your control, like a compromised immune system. Other dental problems are ones that can not be seen and only the patient is aware of the possibility that there is a problem.
One problem that can happen regardless of dental hygiene is oral thrush. Also known as Candida albicans, oral thrush appears as creamy white lesions in the mouth. Oral thrush can affect people of any age, although in some children and healthy adults it is likely that they will not need to seek treatment. Oral thrush is typically caused when your body's naturally occurring fungi is knocked out of balance for some reason. The treatment for oral thrush is as simple as following proper at home dental care. Replacing your toothbrush more frequently is recommended to aid in ridding your mouth of oral thrush until cured. Also eating yogurt that contains audiophiles can be a big help in treating oral thrush. Newborns are fairly susceptible to getting oral thrush and it is common for them to get it in their first two weeks. Breastfeeding mothers should regularly check their infants for oral thrush as it can potentially infect the mother.
Toothaches are a big indicator that there is something wrong in your mouth. It could just be something minor like sensitive teeth, or there could be a major problem, such as a tooth abscess. The cause of a toothache can even be self inflicted if you are brushing too forcefully or with the wrong type of brush. If it is just a mild ache you may try using toothpaste designed for people with sensitive teeth. Other tricks to fix toothaches are flossing your teeth, rinsing your mouth vigorously with warm water to dislodge any food particles, or taking a pain reliever. If that doesn't do the trick, you most likely have a more serious problem. If the toothpaste didn't work, or the pain from the beginning was throbbing and caused difficulty chewing or biting, it could be an abscess. If this is the case you will need to be treated by a dentist. If untreated the abscess will likely rupture giving you temporary relief but ultimately won't fix anything. The infection, which caused the abscess, will also possibly spread to other areas in your mouth, causing a much bigger problem. Abscesses are commonly caused by cavities that are left untreated. Meaning that the best way to prevent getting an abscess or cavity in the first place is practicing good dental hygiene.
Visiting a trusted dentist can aid in diagnosing and treating any type of dental problem. It's better to visit the dentist and be told you have a minor problem, than waiting and finding out later that you had a more serious problem.