Four Oral Diseases To Watch Out For

Many people aren’t aware how negatively they can impact their daily lives by ignoring their oral health. By neglecting your oral health, you’re put yourself at risk for a number of diseases. Many of these diseases can be easily prevented by simply brushing, flossing, and monitoring what you consume. Others require professional dental care.

Make sure you take the necessary precautions to avoid these oral diseases.

Periodontal Disease

When the structures around your teeth become inflamed and infected, it can cause periodontal disease. The earliest stage of this disease is known as gingivitis which directly affects your gums. If left untreated, it can damage other supporting tissues as well. It can also cause your gums to bleed and your teeth to loosen. Periodontal disease is generally caused by the sticky film of plaque that remains on your teeth, even after brushing, that can harbor millions of bacteria. If the plaque hardens, it then becomes tartar which attaches itself to the enamel on your teeth. Luckily, periodontal disease can be easily prevented through good oral habits.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common oral diseases. It is primarily the result of acid, formed by bacteria in your mouth, that eats away at your teeth. Over time, a hole can develop in your enamel which is called a cavity. Treatment for tooth decay is based on severity, but in most cases a filling, crown, or root canal are the best options. In severe cases, a tooth extraction is required.

Root Infection

Many of us have a tendency to overlook toothaches. Generally, the pain disappears after a few days, but if it intensifies, there’s a possibility that you’re dealing with a root infection. A root infection is commonly referred to as an abscessed tooth. This type of infection occurs between the tooth and the gum and can be treated with a root canal. During a root canal, the dentist will clean bacteria from the canals within your tooth, seal the empty space, and place a crown on it.  

Oral Cancer

One of the most important reasons to visit your dentist regularly is so they can detect diseases, such as oral cancer, during their early stages. If caught early, there is a better chance that diseases, such as oral cancer, can be successfully treated. Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the mouth including the tongue and throat. Although there is no clear-cut way to avoid oral cancer, there are ways you can lower your risk of developing it. This includes practicing daily oral hygiene, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and regulating your intake of alcohol and tobacco.

Most of these diseases can be avoided by maintaining both your oral health and a healthy lifestyle, but nothing can take the place of visiting your dentist on a consistent basis. This is the most efficient way to detect and prevent any issues early on.

At Holub Dentistry of Eugene, our goal isn’t just to clean your teeth, it’s to also address any future issues as early as possible. If you’re currently looking to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us.