One appointment at the dentist’s is all it takes for our mouth to reveal a lot of information about our health.
It’s no secret that regular visits to the dentist contribute to good health. What we didn’t know, however, is that these dental hygiene professionals can also help us stay in top shape. While they make sure our teeth stay bright white and full of life, dentists are also able to detect potential health problems that deserve special attention. From simple oral hygiene tips to diagnosing more worrisome symptoms, here are several things our dentist can help with.
As a general rule, the phenomenon of slight yellowing / browning is only superficial and results from our consumption of coffee, tea or red wine. This discomfort is quickly forgotten with a whitening toothpaste that contains a hydrogen peroxide derivative, such as Oral-B 3D White Luxe Perfection. In addition, real coffee addicts who are concerned about their teeth will be offered an even more targeted treatment, such as professional whitening. On the other hand, if the stains are black and persistent despite all efforts, it could be a cavity or a fissure. Obviously, our dentist will be able to make the distinction and will be able to suggest an appropriate treatment.
If blood appears after brushing or flossing, a thorough cleaning of the teeth is usually required, but it is possible that this “incident” is a sign of a more serious problem, such as gum disease. Therefore, now is the time to make an appointment with your dentist for a proper cleaning and to control the source of the bleeding. In the meantime, you should use an electric toothbrush twice a day, such as the Oral-B Cross Action brush with Gum and Enamel Repair toothpaste, and floss once a day. For more information, let us also consult this article: “The electric toothbrush and its incredible benefits on health” which helps us to choose the toothbrush adapted to our needs.
From antihistamines to alcohol-based mouthwash products, there are many factors that dry out our mouths. For anyone who suffers from chapped lips and swollen, painful or bleeding gums, a visit to the dentist to discuss possible solutions is a must.
If the reason is inexplicable (in other words, not when you’ve just eaten a garlic roll), bad breath is often a sign that it’s time to take better care of your teeth. So here’s how: Brush your teeth for two full minutes (to be timed, because two minutes is a long time!) with gentle pressure; use a tongue scraper and floss before you brush your teeth with an alcohol-free product such as Oral-B Pro Expert Protection. And if we are still concerned about this problem after all these precautions, it’s best to ask our dentist for advice so that he or she can redirect us to the right specialist, since a post-nasal discharge, diabetes, gastric reflux or other health concerns could be the cause.
Dental erosion and wear
If our bright white teeth suddenly seem to be chipped, it is very likely that we are victims of a nocturnal disorder, which is none other than teeth grinding. Overwork or stress may be the cause. Therefore, it is time to tackle this source of stress and, at the same time, to ask our dentist for a mouthguard to wear at night.
The phenomenon of the saboral tongue, recognizable by the presence of a white film on the tongue, can be caused by poor brushing technique, dry mouth, drug treatments or even an oral mycosis linked to the proliferation of bacteria. Affecting mainly people who wear dentures, mycosis can be particularly painful and must be treated. On the other hand, a bluish discoloration of the tongue may simply be related to the appearance of a hematoma (in the case of a bite, for example), or in rare situations, it may result in a slightly more serious problem for which a specialist should be consulted.
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