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Common Oral Infections You Should Know About

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 6:00:00 AM by Jeff Rubel

Common Oral Infections You Should Know About | Coral West DentalOral infections can cause a number of problems. From cavities to cancer, oral infections range from something easily treatable to something life threatening.

While oral infections may be a sign of deeper more serious issues, some are preventable with good oral hygiene habits, and regular dentist checkups. Other infections in your mouth can be more advanced and require immediate attention from your dentist.

Here are some common oral infections and what you need to know about them.

1. Cavities

We all face the chance of getting a cavity. Cavities are caused by the bacteria in our mouths to make acids out of the sugar and starches in our mouths. Over time, the acid will break down your teeth, destroy the outer layer, and encourage cavities to form.

2. Gum disease

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, says there are a number of risk factors that cause gum disease. Some of these include:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Medications
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
3. Bad breath

Bad breath is a telltale sign of poor oral hygiene. Stinky foods like garlic and onions can cause bad breath, but luckily there are steps you can take to avoid it. Also known as halitosis, bad breath can be an embarrassing problem, and a sign of a bigger underlying problem.

4. Canker sores

Lesions that form on the gum and cheek, dentists call them aphthous ulcers. Those who are more prone to canker sores are children and adolescents, as hormones, may be a possible trigger. Other triggers include stress and immune problems.

5. Oral herpes

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, Oral herpes is an infection caused by herpes simplex virus, and between 50 and 80 percent of adults in the U.S. carry the disease.

6. Oral cancer

If you’re a smoker or a tobacco chewer, your risk of getting some oral cancer is raised exponentially. Excessive alcohol intake can further the risk.

How to prevent oral infections

Sometimes, our oral health is affected by the day-to-day choices we make. Changing our lifestyle choices can go a long way in helping to stop oral infections.

1. Brush and floss at least twice a day.

Be sure to brush at least once in the morning, and once at night. Brush with a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities. If you suspect you are brushing incorrectly, don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for tips.

2. Live a healthy lifestyle.

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Don’t smoke and limit your alcohol intake, and consider cutting out sugary drinks like soda and juice.

3. Get regular checkups.

Scheduling a regular dental checkup will go a long way in preventing oral diseases. See your dentist right away if you suspect you have a problem.

We can’t always stop infections from occurring, but we can help prevent them. By knowing what dangers you face and how to prevent them, you’ll be armed with the knowledge of how to maintain a healthy mouth. If you have any questions, or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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