Australians are known for their well-maintained smiles. We are often stereotyped abroad as having beautifully clean, white teeth. We should be grateful to have grown up with quality, educational practises around oral care. While we are a nation with a strong appreciation for our pearly whites, we are not immune to oral health problems. Dental issues can affect your everyday life. Yet, most of them can be avoided or dealt with easily.

Bad Breath

Bad breath can often be attributed to poor dental habits or poor diet. In some cases, it could be an indicator of something more serious. More often than not, bad breath can be cured with a good dental health plan. In severe cases, bad breath can be the result of gum disease. It is worth visiting your dentist if a change in oral hygiene does not remedy the situation.

Plaque Build Up

Plaque build up is also the result of a poor dental hygiene practice. Failure to brush your teeth twice daily and floss regularly can lead to a build up of plaque. Bacteria thrive in these conditions, adding another cause of bad breath. A build up of plaque and bacteria can also have negative impacts on your health as toxins are released, then moving through your body.

Bad Gums

Bad gums will often be the next step after a build up of plaque. This can be the beginning of gum disease and should be taken seriously. Plaque bacteria can infect your gums and teeth. There are three stages of gum disease; Gingivitis, Periodontitis and advanced Periodontitis. If you have bad gums and experience bleeding when you brush or floss, book in an appointment with your dentist. At the first stage, Gingivitis, gum disease can be reversed. If it is untreated, the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place can be affected permanently.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is the most common oral problem amongst Australians, by far. Unfortunately, some people are simply prone to tooth sensitivity and there is no specific cause. It can hinder you from enjoying certain foods and beverages or even weather seasons. It is worth visiting your dentist to find out the best options to remedy your tooth sensitivity. In most cases, changing to a specific type of toothpaste will ease the condition but if sensitivity is the result of something more serious, your dentist will advise of a specific treatment.

When it comes to oral health issues, being proactive is the best remedy. First, start with a healthy diet and a good oral health routine. Brush your teeth twice daily, floss every day and keep up regular visits to My Dentist at Cannon Hill.
If you are concerned about any of these conditions, give us a call on 07 3902 1023 or book an appointment online. Remember to keep up regular visits to your dentist in the Morningside and Bulimba area, My Dentist at Cannon Hill.