Common Dental Problems

Abscess

A dental abscess is an infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat that begins as a tooth infection or cavity. Although these infections can be caused by poor dental health…

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Bad Breath

In the most instances halitosis or bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene and consequent accumulation of plaque bacteria and development of gum disease…

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Bleeding Gums

Bleeding from the gums on brushing or eating is an indication that they are inflamed. This is caused by inadequate removal of bacterial plaque by toothbrush…

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Gum Disease

Most people suffer from some form of gum disease, and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.  However, the disease develops very slowly in most people, and it can be slowed down…

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Oral Infections

Infection with the fungus Candidi albicans is not uncommon particularly in those who wear full upper dentures. People who have suppressed immune systems or those that are taking steroids…

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Toothache

A dull, throbbing pain usually indicates that a tooth is dying or is already dead and infected. Apart from using analgesics such as paracetamol, the best thing to do is seek an early dental appointment.

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Tooth Decay

Teeth have a hard enamel surface but poor oral hygiene can lead to a build-up of plaque, which can lead to decay. If decay is left untreated the nerve of the tooth…

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Trauma to Teeth

Unfortunately, a high proportion of children damage one or more of their teeth in accidents. You should see a dentist as soon as possible. However, if the tooth is completely knocked out, there are certain things that you can do to improve the chances of it being saved.

Firstly, rinse the tooth under a running tap, but do not attempt to scrub it with a brush or your fingers. Then store the tooth in some milk. Thirdly, see your dentist within 3 hours of the accident.

Ulcers

The most common cause of mouth ulcers is trauma from inadvertent bites, burns or tooth brushing. Dentures and orthodontic appliances may also cause ulceration…

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