07 Dental Problems and Solutions

Dental problems can happen to anyone, anytime. Unfortunately, most people experience at least one dental problem during their lives. Dental problems can affect your overall health and take longer to heal if left untreated. Good dental hygiene is important to maintain oral health and is needed to keep up with a routine from a very early age. To develop good dental habits, it is important to know what the potential threats are and their solutions.

Here is a list of common dental problems and their solutions:

1.    Toothaches

A toothache is a sharp pain around a tooth indicating injury or destruction of tissues. Most toothaches get worse if not given medical care.

Symptoms: Sharp pain or dull pain in or around a tooth, discomfort in the teeth, swollen skin around the sores. 

Solution: Toothaches are painful and need an immediate solution. Luckily, we have many natural remedies to soothe the ache. The most effective one is to rinse your mouth with warm water and to floss properly. Consult your doctor in any severe case.

2.    Sensitive Teeth

Broken teeth, tooth decay, chipped teeth, and worn-down fillings can leave the dentin of the tooth exposed, causing sensitivity.

Symptoms: Sharp pain, sensitivity to hot or cold food, discomfort in the teeth.   

Solution: Patients with sensitive teeth are usually suggested to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Coconut oil pulling and eliminating acidic food are natural ways to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth and to prevent sensitivity.

3.    Bad Breath

Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor oral hygiene, smoking, dry mouth, and various health problems. Unpleasant smelling breath is one of the most common dental problems.

Symptoms: Dry mouth, a burning tongue, thick saliva, plaque on teeth

Solution: To prevent bad breath: Brush your teeth after every meal, floss once a day, drink plenty of water, replace your toothbrush after every three months and use medicated mouthwash.

4.    Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is pain that occurs between one of the two bony structures in which the teeth are set to form the framework of the mouth. It is a painful sensation that affects one's ability to speak, eat and sleep.

Symptoms: Pain in jaws, aching facial pains, pain while chewing, pain around one or both ears.

Solution: Apply ice packs to your face for 15 minutes. Eat soft foods. In case natural remedies aren’t enough to relieve the pain, your dentist may prescribe pain relievers and anti-inflammatories.

5.    Broken Teeth

A broken tooth is not a rare problem. Nearly 5 million teeth are avulsed annually due to the risk of damaging the permanent tooth germ. The excessing biting forces during biting, chewing food is one common reason for a broken tooth.

Symptoms: Sensitivity to heat and coldness, pain in biting, swelling of the gum, loss of appetite, irritation from a sharp object.

Solution: The broken tooth can never be fixed 100%. However, several prompt treatments can prevent further damage. The patient is usually recommended to repair the damage with a Dental Filling or Bonding.

6.    Discoloured Teeth

Tooth discolouration is abnormal tooth colour, which may be caused by a chronically infected tooth, and must be treated.

Symptoms: Stains on the enamel or a yellow tint in the teeth.

Solution: See your doctor as soon as possible. He can use a whitening agent and a special light for whitening your teeth. You can also bleach your teeth at home with a plastic tray and gel.

7.    Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a reduction of saliva due to medication, therapies and several diseases. Decreased salivation can promote dryness and make difficult for a patient to eat or speak.

Symptoms: Thick or stringy saliva, sore mouth, difficulty eating, speaking and swallowing.

Solution: To relieve your dry mouth temporarily: limit your caffeine intake, stop tobacco and increase water intake. The patients are usually prescribed with medication that stimulates saliva productions.

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