In America today, there are several very common dental conditions you can avoid by simply doing what your parents and teachers have been telling you to do all your life – brush your teeth. True, it’s not always that simple. Sometimes you have to do a little extra work, like see your dentist or undergo treatment if necessary. But for the most part, if you follow the proper oral hygiene habits, you will enjoy a healthy mouth all of your life.
One of the most common conditions people experience today is bad breath, or halitosis. You may not even realize you have it but hopefully, someone has informed you if you haven’t noticed it yourself. If you just ate a big garlic pasta dish or a burger loaded with onions for lunch, there is an obvious reason for your foul-smelling breath. However, if there is no viable cause, you may have bacteria or hidden infections threatening the health of your mouth.
You should always follow a strict regimen of brushing, flossing and using mouthwash. Use a mouthwash that is not just going to mask the smell. It should act as an antibacterial supplement, washing out the remaining debris and food particles after you’ve brushed and flossed. You should get a mouthwash that also provides additional fluoride, especially if you use well water at your residence.
Another common problem among Americans today is tooth decay and cavities. This condition can be remedied by proper oral hygiene, as well. Tooth decay and cavities (or holes in the teeth) are signs that the debris and bacteria left over after eating has not been brushed away. You can eat healthier foods to ensure there is less chance of cavities and tooth decay.
If proper oral hygiene doesn’t solve your bad breath or you notice that you have a cavity, you should see your dentist immediately. A cavity will not fix itself. It must be filled by a professional. In addition, your dentist can diagnose any other problems you have, find all cavities that need to be filled and recommend any further treatment he or she feels you might need.