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What Does an Unhealthy Mouth Look Like

Posted on 5/8/2023 by DrGent
What Does an Unhealthy Mouth Look LikePoor oral hygiene can lead to an unhealthy mouth, resulting in various oral problems. Make sure you floss and brush your teeth regularly in order to avoid dental and oral problems. The following are signs of an unhealthy mouth:

Bad Breath

Bad breath can occur due to many factors, such as poor oral hygiene, eating certain foods, medicine side effects, and other health conditions. In some instances, bad breath could be a symptom of severe oral problems like oral cancer or gum disease. Bad breath can be embarrassing and lowers one's self-esteem. To deal with bad breath, ensure you identify the underlying cause.

Dental Cavities

Failure to clean your teeth can lead to plaque build-up overtime, resulting in dental cavities. This happens when the plaque's bacteria produce toxins, eroding the enamel and forming a cavity. When tooth decay progresses, it can lead to tooth sensitivity.

Dry Mouth

Saliva is essential for oral health because it neutralizes acids in the mouth and washes away food particles and bacteria. Besides, saliva provides minerals that assist in strengthening tooth enamel. When the mouth is dry, there is less saliva to conduct these processes, which can result in several oral health issues, like an acidic mouth that can promote tooth decay. A dry mouth can also increase the likelihood of oral infections like thrush. Make sure you eat a healthy diet and take a lot of water to combat dry mouth.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is another sign of an unhealthy mouth. The disease inflames and damages the gums and bones that support your teeth. If gum disease is not treated, it may result in tooth loss. In the early stages, your mouth may be swollen and red, and your gums may start to bleed. It can then progress to periodontitis, where pockets form and gum tissues move away from the teeth.
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