I’m not sure how many of you will agree with me, but of all the “everyday” pain in the world, toothache is the worst. That sharp lighting-bolt-like pain that shoots into your jaw continuing into a part of your brain/ head that you never even knew was there. Those of you who have experienced this pain will know exactly what I am talking about.
According to Healthline, 60%-90% of school children have at least one cavity and almost 100% percent of adults will have at least one. Shocking isn’t it? Even though cavities hurt the most, this should not be the only thing we worry about. Between 15% and 20% of adults have severe gum disease. Approximately 30% of adults over the age of 65 will not any of the natural teeth left. Out of 100 000 individuals, 1-10 will suffer from oral cancer.
Not focusing on your oral hygiene is one of the worst things you can do. It is not only important to brush your teeth twice daily or to see your dentist every 6 months for a deep cleaning, but you should also take a good hard look at what you’re eating. Foods high in sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums. Try your best not to drink carbonated sugary drinks, sticky food or slow dissolving candies.
So how do you know if you have dental issues? Well, the easiest way is to book an appointment with your dentist or oral hygienist. Alternatively, below are a few symptoms of oral health issues:
- Chronic bad breath
- Pain or tooth ache
- Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or food
- Sores or tenderness
- Swollen or bleeding gums especially when flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Clicking of jaw
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Frequent dry mouth
Below is a informative infographic on the do’s and don’ts of oral hygiene. We hope you enjoy it.