Understanding Common Oral Health Problems

Image,Of,Doctor,Or,Dentist,Presenting,With,Tooth,X ray,Film Your mouth tells a story about your entire health; because we are so reliant on them to survive, they are at an increased risk of illness and disease due to bacterial exposure. A disease that affects the mouth and oral cavity, including the throat, is known as oral pathology. There are many pathologies that can impact your health and wellness, and knowing them can also help you get swift treatment when it’s needed.

What Are the Top Oral Health Problems People Experience?

Any oral pathology is serious, but some are more common than others. These include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Gingivitis (gum disease)
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Oral ulcers
  • Cysts
  • Tonsillitis
  • Strep throat
  • The mumps

There are also more serious oral pathologies, like oral cancer and the herpes simplex virus.

One way that orthodontists can assess a patient for an oral pathology is through an examination; the lining of the mouth, called the mucosa, can often reveal signs of infection or inflammation.

Any changes or irregularities to your tongue, lips, gums, palate, cheeks, and skin surrounding the mouth are a good indication you need an examination. Working with an orthodontist can lead to more diagnoses and deliver swift, effective treatment. They can also let you know when it’s best to refer to a general physician for your ongoing care.

Why Treatment Is So Important

Oral pathology can have a significant impact on the gums and teeth; for example, cysts may lead to pressure on the teeth that causes them to shift and become misaligned. Getting treatment for any oral health problem is crucial to preventing infection, decay, and other complications.

Working with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can help you get the care you need. Dr. Johnson of the Oral and Facial Institute of Houston has trained extensively in diagnosing pathologies and treating them.

To schedule an appointment, please book online or call (281) 491-4545.

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