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Common Oral Diseases You Should Be Aware Of

POSTED ON September 11, 2021

Have you ever wondered what kind of infection can happen in your mouth that also appear on other parts of your body? Typically, oral diseases stem from dental cavities and an overgrowth of bacteria, each type causing a different level of discomfort. Therefore, it's essential to practice good oral hygiene and visit a 98007 dentist regularly. By keeping your mouth healthy, you can prevent oral infections from developing. If you're not familiar with common oral diseases, here are some you should know.

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What are the Different Types of Oral Infections?


Dental Cavities

The dental cavity is one of the most common types of oral infections. Furthermore, it is the primary cause of tooth loss in children below the age of 12. Through good oral hygiene and fluoride treatments, dental cavities can be prevented or even reversed.


Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and is a common problem among adults. Specifically, bacteria produce toxins that attack your gums and lead to inflammation and swelling. It may be the reason why your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. According to the AAP(American Academy of Pediatrics), certain bacteria can lead to pneumonia when breathed into the lungs.


Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when gingivitis spreads below the gum line. It causes an infection in the tissue and the bone supporting the teeth. Once the infection spreads, pockets start to form around the teeth, causing them to become loose. If left untreated, this could cause you to lose the tooth


Thrush

An overgrowth of fungus causes a white, curd-like plaque to appear, called mouth thrush. You will typically see this condition show up on the tongue, back of the mouth, or inner cheeks. Additionally, certain antibiotics, chemotherapy, and radiation can also trigger an outbreak.


Canker Sores

Canker sores are lesions that develop on the gums, inner cheeks, and back of the mouth. Thankfully, they usually go away on their own. However, if your canker sores are persistent, it's best to consult with a dentist because it may be a sign of something more serious.


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