Dental problems affect everyone, regardless of their age. Those who suffer from dental problems are not only plagued by the inconvenience of dental visits, but they can also feel the pressure on their wallets. Instead of finding yourself affected by frequent dental issues, the best thing to do is to take precautionary steps to protecting your teeth. Below are a few of the most common dental problems and what you need to do to fix them enough to avoid a trip to the dentist.

Tooth Decay                                                                                                              

Tooth decay is a dental problem that particularly affects people who are mid age and older and while it isn’t necessarily the result of poor dental maintenance, failure to take care of the problem can lead to some serious damage. To slow down tooth decay and to preserve your teeth longer, you may just want to tap into the power of fluoride. By rinsing your mouth with fluoride once a day, you can keep the tooth decay at bay.

Gingivitis

According to dentists, people usually fall into two groups: those who are cavity prone and those who are prone to gum disease. If you fall into the latter group, then your main weapon against deteriorating and damaged gums is floss. By flossing every day, you can keep away the damaging plaque and tartar buildup that can cause you serious damage and pain.

Misaligned Teeth and Tooth Crowding

While misaligned teeth and tooth crowding is usually touted as a cosmetic issue, it can also be pegged as a problem that can cause some oral health issues. When you have misaligned teeth and tooth crowding, food tends to get stuck in your mouth more easily, thus leading to more cavities and even erosion to your mouth’s supporting bone and tissue. To fix this, you may just want to consider getting a pair or braces or to remove the teeth that are crowding your mouth.

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Bad breath affects nearly everyone, but the severity of the stench can easily vary. If you find yourself troubled by constant and unending bad breath, then you need to do more than pop a few mints. Your dentist may recommend that you implement a tongue scrape into your dental routine. By scraping your tongue, you can remove the bacteria that causes the bad smell.

You can also practice these maintenance tips to avoid periodontal disease.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is one of the most challenging things to deal with because the pain can be daunting and unending. Oftentimes though, tooth sensitivity is simply due to the makeup of your teeth or genetic factors and while there is no “quick-fix,” you may want to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth and a super-soft toothbrush. These tools will reduce sensitivity and help protect your teeth.

Yellow Teeth

Finally, yellowing teeth are a prime example of a dental problem that nearly everyone is worried about. The best way to fix this dental problem is to avoid drinks like coffee, soda, and red wine. In addition, you may want to use tooth whitening toothpaste or dental strips.