We continue our Teeth Beat series to ensure you have strong and healthy teeth. If you do not want to be qualified to act a Zombie movie without any make-up on your teeth, please you should read this.
Today we present the second of a two-part series on 15 common tooth problems and how to take care of them. In the first part, we discussed numbers 1 – 8 of the common toothe problems. In this second part we look at numbers 9 – 15 of the common tooth problems and their solutions. You may have a tooth problem without knowing it is actually a problem or not knowing that ignoring it could lead to something worse. Why not read this article by and find out what these common tooth problems are. For instance, do you know what these scary terms are – Hyperdontia, orthodontia, gingivitis, periodontitis, or bruxism? These are common tooth problems. Why not read this piece and gain that knowledge?
9. Crooked Teeth
The fix — orthodontia — isn’t just for kids. And straightening crooked teeth and aligning your bite doesn’t just make for a prettier smile. It can be a key part of improving overall dental health, relieving symptoms like jaw pain. Orthodontists may use braces (metal or trays), aligners, and retainers.
10. Gap Between Teeth
You may not consider a gap between the front teeth a problem at all. Famous people who sport the look include singer Madonna, actress Anna Paquin, model Lauren Hutton, and football player turned TV co-host Michael Strahan. If you want to correct it, though, your options include orthodontics to move teeth closer together and cosmetic solutions like veneers or bonding.
11. Gum Problems
Do your gums bleed easily? Are they tender? Do you notice them pulling away from your teeth? You might be in the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) or in the more advanced stage (periodontitis). A buildup of plaque, a sticky bacteria, below the gum line causes it. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause bone loss, and your teeth might shift or become loose. That can make it harder to chew and even speak. To avoid gum disease, brush, floss, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily, and see your dentist for regular cleanings.
12. Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
Grinding your teeth is called bruxism. Stress is one of the causes. Misaligned teeth or sleep issues can also be culprits among adults. (Among kids, causes can include allergies.) Bruxism can give you headaches, a sore jaw, and cracked or loose teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist to fit you with a mouth guard. If it’s a daytime problem, try meditation, exercise, or other ways to curb stress.
13. Wisdom Teeth Problems
If your dentist says your wisdom teeth, or third molars, came in problem-free, count yourself lucky. Most people — 90% — have at least one wisdom tooth that’s impacted, or not able to fully grow in. Problems with your wisdom teeth can cause cavities, damage to neighboring teeth, and gum disease. Wisdom teeth generally come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Your dentist should track their progress. If they become a problem, you may need to get them removed.
14. No Room to Floss
No matter how tight the fit, there should always be room for floss between your teeth. If not, you may need to switch to a thinner floss or a waxed one. You can also try a different kind of tool, such as a looped flosser or a dental pick. Experiment until you find a product that works for you, and then use it every day. Flossing is a must for good dental health.
15. Do Grills Cause Problems?
Bonding a decorative metal cover to the teeth with glue not meant for use in your mouth can do damage. And a grill made from less expensive metal than gold or silver could irritate your mouth. Always remove a grill before you eat, and make sure you keep it, and your teeth, clean.