Did you know that on average, humans subject their teeth to at least 1,000 bites every day?
Never noticed, have you?
Were you also aware that the second molars can exert a bite force of anywhere from 1,100 to 1,300 newtons? That’s equivalent to around 247 to 292 pounds of force!
All these figures show how incredible the human mouth and its components are. Unfortunately, they aren’t self-sustaining. They need us to brush, floss, and gargle on a regular basis.
The thing is, 30% of Americans still fail to brush their teeth right.
This is why mouth problems still plague the U.S., despite it being a leader in the healthcare industry. So, even if many Americans flash dazzling pearly whites, many others hide their smiles.
Now the big question is, what exactly are the oral health issues that are forcing them to hide their teeth? What are the common culprits behind poor oral health that still plague us until today?
We’ve rounded up some of them in this list, so be sure to keep reading!
We’re starting off with this one since toothache is a common symptom of both gum and teeth diseases. Since millions of Americans have gum and teeth disorders, many suffer from tooth pain as well.
Moreover, toothaches can result from physical injuries to the gums and teeth. A blow to the face or the mouth can have enough force to damage the teeth and gums. These usually occur due to workplace and sporting accidents.
Now, consider that at least 121,802 head or face injuries occur in the U.S. every year.
These figures should already give you an idea of how common injuries to the mouth can be. With many of them end up damaging the teeth, it’s not surprising that toothaches are a common occurrence.
2. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is the second-most common disorder, with the common cold topping the list.
Almost one in 10 kids ages 2 to 5 has untreated tooth decay. Another 21% have had this problem at some point.
It’s also common in adults, with 42% of low-income earners having untreated tooth decay. 12% of people who earn higher also suffer from this dental issue.
3. Periodontal Disease
Periodontal or gum diseases will affect around half of all Americans at one point in their lives. While it may not be as common as bad teeth due to cavities, it’s still a huge problem.
In fact, there are about 64.7 million Americans aged 30 or older who suffer from periodontitis alone. This is the progressed form of periodontal disease, characterized by gum recession. When this happens, the gums pull away from teeth, ultimately resulting in the loss of teeth.
4. Bad Breath
Bad breath is also a common oral condition, affecting an estimated 25% of people worldwide! This makes it the third main reason people seek dental care.
Among the most common causes of bad breath, or halitosis, are foods, infections, and dry mouth. Tobacco use and some medications, such as antihistamines, can also lead to bad breath.
5. Tooth Loss
Speaking of tooth loss, did you know that 120 million people in the U.S. have at least one missing tooth? Worse, 36 million no longer have any of their natural tooth left!
As if that’s not bad enough, experts say that these figures will continue to grow in the next 20 years. Meaning, we can expect more Americans to suffer from tooth loss this 2019.
6. Dry Mouth
Dry mouth will affect everyone at some point in their lives, as it’s a normal reaction to stress. Being nervous or upset — actually, anything that is a negative emotion — can give you dry mouth. That’s why this condition is very common, as all of us experience these “emotional” states.
However, chronic dry mouth is uncomfortable and can even cause serious health issues.
Either way, if you’re always suffering from dry mouth, be sure to visit your dentist ASAP. It may be a sign of an underlying autoimmune disease, infections, or diabetes.
7. Canker Sores
Canker sores are also common, with more than half of the population experiencing it. These are small, but they can be painful and can affect the tongue, the inside of the cheeks, and even the throat. They are usually oval or round in shape and can be white, yellow, or gray in color.
Injuries to the mouth are among the common causes of canker sores. Something as simple as brushing too hard can already lead to these injuries. People who wear braces and play sports are also prone to developing these sores.
Acidic foods and food allergies can also increase a person’s risk for canker sores. People with sodium lauryl sulfate sensitivities can also get canker sores. SLS is a common toothpaste ingredient, so if you think you’re sensitive to it, switch to a non-SLS product.
8. Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are also common, seeing as they can arise from accidents. For instance, a blow to the mouth can chip, crack, or even knock out a tooth. In some people, a dental crown falls out after they get hit on the face.
Biting down with too much force or on something hard can also lead to a cracked or chipped tooth. This can also irritate, even injure the gums, leading to swelling and bleeding.
If any of these happens to you, don’t delay seeing a dentist for dental restoration. This way, you can prevent the damage from worsening and causing more problems down the road.
Don’t Let These Mouth Problems Hold You Back from Smiling
There you have it, your ultimate guide to the most common mouth problems that occurred this year. And unless we pay closer attention to our oral health, these gum and teeth diseases will prevail.
The good news is, many of these oral issues are preventable with proper oral hygiene habits. These, plus regular dental visits, will let you keep flashing those dazzling smiles.
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