Everyone has oral health concerns they would rather not discuss with others. These issues can range from bad breath to mouth sores. No matter how uncomfortable these issues make you, remember your Walnut Creek cosmetic dentist can help! We will help you weed through these ailments and find solutions to your most embarrassing conditions.
Often referred to as halitosis, bad breath is often the result of poor dental hygiene. When you fail to brush and floss properly, bacteria and rotting food will collect in the mouth and create a bad odor.
Sometimes, bad breath is caused by a medical disorder. Respiratory infections, gastrointestinal issues, diabetes and sinusitis can all result in bad breath as well. If you take medications for dry mouth conditions, you may suffer from bad breath as a side effect.
Another reason for bad breath could be your diet. If you like onions and garlic, you may want to cut back a little. If you are a smoker, you should attempt to quit.
Lots of people suffer from canker sores and cold sores. They can be painful, ugly and annoying. Canker sores will appear inside the mouth and typically heal on their own in about a week. You can use topical anesthetics to provide temporary pain relief. Cold sores appear on the outside of the mouth and will also heal in about a week. If you suffer from frequent outbreaks, your dentist could prescribe an antiviral drug to reduce infections.
Most of the time tooth decay is caused by poor dental hygiene. You can prevent issues by brushing twice daily and flossing once. Avoid acidic foods as well as they will erode the enamel on the teeth.
Gum disease can cause the gums to become red and swollen. Over time this will cause the gums that support your teeth to become damaged and start to pull away from your teeth. Your dentist will be needed to help treat gum conditions and enable you to save your teeth.
No matter how embarrassing you may feel your issues are, your dentist has heard them all before. Never be ashamed to talk with your Walnut Creek cosmetic dentist about your oral health. They will be able to ease your fears and help you achieve a healthy oral well-being.
Please give our office a call at 925-937-9017 today to schedule an appointment!