5 Common Oral Infections
At Solara Dental Care in SW Calgary, we help to diagnose what is going on in your mouth and teach you about what it means to your overall health. We have treatments that will benefit you, and we will teach you how to care for your oral health in a preventative way. Some infections last just a few days. However, some, if left unattended, can end up lasting a lifetime and affecting your overall health. There are many studies showing links to periodontal disease and other conditions such as heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, cancers and more.
Many of these infections are easily preventable with just a few minutes of good oral hygiene each day. Let us show you how.
1. Dental Caries (otherwise known as cavities)
These are the primary result of tooth decay. They’re the leading cause of tooth loss in children under 12 and are caused by the bacteria Streptococcus mutans. Many suffer from this oral infection, but by using good oral hygiene, it can be prevented.
Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease, meaning a variety of bacteria settle into the gums crevices and these bacteria produce toxins that then circulate through the bloodstream around your body. The gums react to this toxin with inflammation and bleeding that you notice when you brush. Anywhere between 50 to 90% of adults have gingivitis and if left untreated can produce harmful results in your body.
3. Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is the result of gingivitis that has been left untreated. This infection affects the bone and supporting tissues around the teeth. Pockets form around the teeth, inflammation in these pockets leads to bone loss and as a result, teeth become loose. The toxins and inflammation also circulate around the body affecting many of your other organs and tissues. Periodontal disease is associated with many other conditions in the body such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and lung disease.
4. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
This infection is most common in toddlers or school-age children. It usually begins with one to two days of a sore throat and fever, and then slightly painful blisters can appear inside the cheeks in the tongue, even on the palms, soles of the feet, and buttocks.
5. Cold Sores
This is a common infection sometimes called fever blisters. It is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. It shows up as small blisters in clusters on the lips or inside of the mouth.