There are numerous oral diseases that affect both the mouth and the body. Some of these conditions are not easy to notice until it is too late. The importance of making regular visits to the dentist cannot be over-emphasised since regular screening catches problems early.
The following are problems that people may have and why it is important to catch them early.
Gum disease causes the inflammation of the gums as the body tries to fight off the infection. Gum disease will take a toll on your immune system and also cause gum bleeding, gum recession and even tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked with heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, is easily reversible whereas the advanced forms of the disease are extremely difficult to treat or reverse completely. Therefore, early treatment for patients means more successful the outcomes.
Bruxism is just another name for teeth grinding. Teeth grinding will cause damage to your teeth through chipping, fractures and wearing down. Bruxism places immense pressure on your teeth.
Bruxism will happen most of the time during sleep and people are unaware of the problem. Where treatment is not sought early enough, bruxism has been linked to a host of other problems such as enamel damage, gum inflammation, teeth sensitivity, and even loss of teeth.
If you notice symptoms such as sore facial muscles, jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, and chipped teeth, visit your dentist for a diagnosis and commencement of treatment.
Oral cancer refers to cancers of the throat, mouth, and tongue which can affect anybody. However, people who smoke are at the greatest risk of oral cancer.
Your dentist should carry out oral cancer screening on a yearly basis. A dentist has a trained eye to pick out abnormal signs in the mouth that may signal presence or onset of oral cancer. Early detection of oral cancer carries an 83 percent survival rate.
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