The World’s Three Most Common Oral Health Conditions

August 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dpmgeneralteam @ 9:29 pm

Oral health conditions are generally preventable, but since they affect an estimated 3.5 billion people, they represent some of the most widespread health issues on the globe. While good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments can eliminate or control much of the risk for mouth diseases, people in many countries do not have access to these commodities that most in the developed world take for granted. Read on to learn about the world’s most common oral health conditions and what can be done to prevent them.

Untreated Tooth Decay

The human mouth has a vast population of bacteria, and some of them are detrimental to dental health. A cavity is an infection that occurs when the acid these bacteria produce breaches the enamel of a tooth. Cavities do not heal without professional intervention, so once one starts, the bacteria will continue to eat their way through the tooth until they reach the pulp inside, causing an incredibly painful toothache. The pulp contains blood vessels that can allow bacteria to infect other parts of the body, resulting in potentially lethal secondary infections.

Gum Disease

The same bacteria that cause tooth decay can also harm the gums. As plaque and acid accumulate, the gums can become inflamed and develop a condition called gingivitis. If this inflammation goes untreated, it can lead to periodontal disease, during which the gum tissue and possibly the jawbone deteriorate. This can result in tooth loss, bone loss, foul breath, and potentially fatal secondary infections. Estimates say that about 19% of adults have severe periodontal disease.

Tooth Loss

The loss of teeth affects everything from what foods an individual can eat to their psychological health. Tooth loss can result from tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Dental injuries can be caused by accidents, violence, natural misalignment of teeth, and high-risk behavior. Estimates say that about one billion people have some form of tooth loss with 20% of them being under twelve years of age. It is estimated that 7% of people older than twenty and 23% of seniors have lost all their teeth.

How Can These Conditions Be Prevented?

You can prevent these conditions by creating a multi-layered shield of protection including regular dental visits, good oral hygiene, and avoiding things that can harm your teeth. You should see your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings. Good oral hygiene includes a daily regimen of flossing, antibacterial mouthwash, and two or more teeth brushings a day. Habits to be avoided include smoking, consuming excessive sugars or starches, habitual alcohol consumption, and not wearing a mouthguard while playing sports or riding a bicycle.

Sticking to these dentist-approved guidelines can keep you safe from almost any oral health condition. That way, your smile can remain a beautiful asset that can serve you for a lifetime.

About the Practice

D’Andrea and Pantera Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides dental care with trust, integrity, compassion, and excellent customer service to patients in Hamden, CT. Led by an experienced team of five dentists, the dedicated staff delivers dental care of the highest quality with the latest technology. Services include general, pediatric, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry. If you are interested in protecting yourself from any of these oral health conditions by scheduling an appointment, contact the office online or dial (203) 288-0951.

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