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What is a Common Oral Disease?
What exactly is an oral disease? Oral disease is a term used to describe some of the more common dental problems people are experiencing nowadays. These problems include dental cavities, gum disease, infectious disease, injury trauma and oral cancers.
Some of the more common risk factors for being diagnosed with an oral disease include smoking cigarettes, drinking too much alcohol, not taking proper care of one’s mouth and eating an unhealthy diet. According to the Center for Disease Control, oral conditions are frequently considered separate from other chronic conditions but they are actually interrelated.
4 common oral diseases
The following is a list of some of the most common oral diseases people are being diagnosed with nowadays.
#1 – Dental caries (also known as tooth decay or cavities)
Tooth decay is one of the more common oral diseases. It is found in all ages and is a completely preventable oral disease. Cavities are caused when bacteria stick to the teeth, eventually causing wear and tear to a tooth’s enamel. Once the bacteria enter the tooth, a cavity is formed.
#2 – Gum disease (or periodontal disease)
Gum disease is a condition that occurs when the gums are not properly taken care of. This eventually leads to the inflammation and infection that cause gum disease. When someone is living with a chronic health condition like heart disease, diabetes or arthritis their chances of being diagnosed with a gum disease increases.
#3 – Herpes
According to John Hopkins Medicine, oral herpes is a common infection of the mouth that is caused by herpesvirus type 1. It affects anywhere between 50 percent and 80 percent of adults who live in the United States.
#4 – Oral cancer
According to the Centers for Disease Control, while oral cancer is a common disease the number of people diagnosed has not significantly improved over past decades. Risk factors that increase one’s chances of being diagnosed with oral cancer include any type of tobacco use, having a weak immune system, not protecting the lips when exposed to the sun and abusing alcohol.
How to prevent oral diseases
In order for someone to avoid being diagnosed with one of the many oral diseases present today, they must provide themselves with good oral health care. Good care includes brushing daily, flossing daily, eating nutritious foods, avoiding the use of any tobacco products and avoiding consumption of too much alcohol.
Are you currently living with an oral disease?
Do you think you currently have an oral disease listed above? As you can see, there are many different types of oral diseases that people can be diagnosed with nowadays. When you are living with an oral disease it means that your oral health is in need of improvement, and the sooner the better.
Oral diseases do not go away on their own. Instead, they need professional dental treatment in order to correct them. If you have any questions about oral diseases we can answer for you or need to make an appointment, know we are here for you!
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