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Dental Negligence and Common Dental Problems

Dental Negligence and Common Dental Problems

Tooth Decay

Did you know tooth decay, also known as cavities, is one of the most wide spread health problem in the UK.  Tooth decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and / or starches of the food we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily and going to your regular dental checkups. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.

Bad Breath

If you suffer from bad breath, you are not alone. Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be downright embarrassing. According to dental studies, about 85% of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame. Gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth and bacteria on the tongue are some of the dental problems that can cause bad breath. Using mouthwash to cover up bad breath when a dental problem is present will only mask the odour and not cure it. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, visit your dentist to rule out any of these problems.

Periodontal Disease

Studies have shown that periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is linked to heart attacks and strokes. Gum disease is an infection in the gums surrounding the teeth. Gum disease is also one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. There are two major stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Regular dental checkups along with brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily play an important role in preventing gum disease.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious and deadly disease that affects millions of people.  Over 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year, worldwide. This serious dental disease, which pertains to the mouth, lips or throat, is often highly curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages.

Mouth sores

There are several different types of mouth sores and they can be pesky and bothersome. Unless a mouth sore lasts more than two weeks, it is usually nothing to worry about and will disappear on its own. However if you are worried you should consult your doctor or dentist. Common mouth sores are canker sores, fever blisters, cold sores, ulcers and thrush.

Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion is the loss of tooth structure and is caused by acid attacking the enamel. Tooth erosion signs and symptoms can range from sensitivity to more severe problems such as cracking. Tooth erosion is more common than people might think, but it can also be easily prevented.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivity means experiencing pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream. Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing.

The good news is that a lot of the conditions mentioned above can be treated and prevented with regular dental checkups.  But what happens if a dentist fails to detect or correctly treat these problems?  

If you have been or believe you have been the victim of dental negligence, it is important that you seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible. The Courts may refuse to hear a Claim if certain actions are not taken within a set period of time. You should therefore call 0191 5666500 or submit our short enquiry form without delay.

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