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Causes of halitosis, or bad breath, include infrequent brushing and flossing, gum disease, dry mouth, smoking, and diet. You can combat chronic halitosis by using a tongue scraper, chewing sugarless gum, gargling with mouthwash, and drinking plenty of water. Always follow good oral hygiene guidelines, which include regular brushing and flossing.
Did you know? Halitosis is the third most frequent reason for seeing a dentist, after tooth decay and periodontal diseases.
A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Cavities occur after decay has worn away the tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay and cavities is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly. Eat healthy foods and avoid foods and beverages high in sugar. Learn more about cavities.
Saliva is needed to help protect against cavities by washing away food debris and controlling bacteria in your mouth. Dry mouth is caused by the reduced flow of saliva. Symptoms of dry mouth include hoarseness, persistent sore throat, problems swallowing, and dry nasal passages. Certain medications and diseases can cause dry mouth. Smoking or chewing tobacco can aggravate dry mouth conditions.
For guidance on how to further prevent dry mouth, contact your dental hygienist or dentist for recommended strategies and products.
A daily routine that maintains good oral hygiene is key for great overall oral health. By sustaining a routine with consistent home care and biyearly checkups, you can prevent things like cavities, periodontal disease and mouth sores and spots, and catch mouth and throat cancer with early detection. Learn more about great oral hygiene or explore more dental terms.
Did you know? Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S.
The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the bone on each side of the head and is stabilized by muscles that make it possible to open and close the mouth. Severe pain, discomfort, or tenderness in or around the joint is called TMJ or TMD disorder. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
Tenderness or pain in the face, jaw, and ear
Chewing difficulty or discomfort
Painful clicking of the jaw
Difficulty opening or closing the mouth
Locking jaw or teeth that don't come together properly while biting or chewing
Tooth sensitivity is very common and is often triggered by hot or cold beverages and foods, as well as sweets. Some people also notice sensitivity from brushing or flossing. It is often treated with fluoride treatments that can help strengthen the enamel and decrease your sensitivity. Also, ask your dentist or hygienist about toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth.
Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. If erosion is left untreated, it can cause pain, weakening of the tooth structure, tooth fractures, and tooth loss. To protect against tooth erosion, brush with a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, floss regularly, have regular dental cleanings and check-ups, and avoid sugary foods. Also, try using a straw when drinking carbonated beverages or other sweet drinks, such as natural fruit juices, which are very acidic and can wear away tooth enamel.
Smokers and tobacco users are at greater risk of developing oral cancer and gum disease. In addition, tobacco products cause permanent stains, which cannot be removed by brushing, and it can also cause a heavy build-up of tartar, requiring more frequent dental cleanings.