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    The 5 Top Oral Infections and What to Do

    Oral infections

    Did you know that cavities are included in the list of common oral infections? Cavities are also known as “tooth decay” and they are just one of many different types of oral health problems you can get. Infections and mouth sores can be especially bothersome, particularly if your oral health problem is visible to everyone else. However, there are simple treatments you can follow to get rid of problems (such as canker sores) and accelerate healing with cold sores. Learn about the top 5 oral health infections and how you can help treat them as well as mouth sores!

    Who is at risk for an oral infection?

    Anyone is at risk for an oral infection regardless of age and even if you don’t have any teeth! Most infections can be prevented by simple daily, attentive oral hygiene methods. Others are not preventable, but treatable. While most oral infections, when treated properly, only hang around for a few days, others tend to linger. Dr. Evanson and her friendly staff can help you treat–and prevent–oral infections. Here are the five most common:

    Cavities

    Yes, cavities are considered an oral infection. The primary cause of cavities (also termed dental caries) is tooth decay. Tooth decay must be taken seriously. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in children under 12, according to the National Institute of Health.

    Gingivitis (Gum Disease)

    Bacteria that accumulates in your mouth can lodge itself and produce dangerous, tooth-enamel-destroying toxins. The gums don’t react well to these toxins either. Teeth and gums that are surrounded by bacterial toxins can cause a condition referred to, medically, as gingivitis, and commonly, as gum disease. Common signs of this oral infection are bleeding gums. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that 80 percent of adults in the United States have some degree of gum disease. Left untreated, gingivitis develops into an even more serious oral infection called Periodontal Disease.

    Periodontal Disease

    Periodontal Disease occurs when gingivitis bacteria and toxins spread below the gumline affecting the density of your bones and the surrounding tissues. This can result in bone loss and, ultimately, tooth loss. One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Regular visits to your dentist and strong, daily oral hygiene practices can help you prevent this oral infection.

    Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

    This oral infection is a mouthful, but is very common in toddlers and school-aged children. This oral infection usually starts with a fever and sore throat followed by painful blisters inside the mouth. These blisters can also appear on the hands and the bottom of the feet. While this oral infection typically resolves within a few days, it is NOT one you want to contract.  Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or real medical treatment for this infection. But, the CDC reports that you can reduce your risk of infection by:

    • Washing  your hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys
    • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with hand, foot, and mouth disease

     

    Brush and Floss, Brush and Floss

    Most oral infections can be prevented by simply brushing with fluoride toothpaste everyday and flossing once a day. Doing this, and keeping all your regular appointments with your dentist can keep your mouth healthy and oral infections away!

    Call for a Consultation and Evaluation

    If you are currently suffering from oral infections or mouth sores, call us at (720) 409-0008 to set up an appointment for a dental exam and to get your oral health questions answered!

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