While sometimes taken for granted, we should realize that dental hygiene is very important not just on the health standpoint but also in our appearance and self-esteem. A missing tooth or stained teeth will not do much to our self confidence. And who wants to be ignored or shunned because of bad breath. To give you an idea of what to take care of as far as dentalhealth is concerned; here are the top five most common dental problems.

Bad Breath

While not causing any pain or discomfort, the impact of bad breath or clinically known as halitosis, may be more devastating. It can be very embarrassing and can be very damaging to our ego. If bad breath persists even after taking the necessary measures, it might be a good idea to see a dentist. Your condition may be related to more serious conditions. And your dentist may offer suggestion on how to manage your bad breath.

Tooth Decay

Bad breath may be the most common oral condition but only few visit a dentist for their problem. More visits are made to a dentist due to tooth decay than any other reasons. And to think that this problem can easily be prevented by observing the proper dental care and hygiene. Even while growing up, we were always told to brush our teeth regularly, avoid foods that may cause damage to the teeth, do daily flossing, brush or rinse after eating, and regularly visit the dentist.

Gum Disease

A dental concern that really needs the attention of the dentist would be gum disease, in the form of gingivitis and later on periodontitis. This dental problem can become very severe or it may be associated with other serious medical conditions. Your dentist may prescribe the proper medications for the condition and may also give you suggestions on dental care. The usual dental care will always be vital in preventing this dental problem.

Oral Cancer

It has been reported that over 300,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with this disease every year. Oral cancer, which may affect the mouth, lips, or throat, is a very serious and fatal disease with millions dying because of this. Early detection, through regular dental visits, would be of great benefit since oral cancer is very curable if treated in its earliest stage.

Mouth Sores

Mouth sores can really be very irritating and bothersome. And they are very unsightly. In most cases, these sores will just disappear after a few days, at most two weeks. If it goes beyond this period then it should be consulted with your oral care provider. These mouth sores may come in the form of canker sores, fever blisters, cold sores, thrush, and ulcers.