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5 Common Oral Infections

At Solara Dental Care in SW Calgary, AB, what we battle and try to combat on a daily basis are oral bacterias. These unsightly bacterias can cause viruses, tooth decay, gum disease and other common mouth infections in patients of all ages. Many of these infections are preventable by using good oral hygiene and can only last a few days, but there are more advanced oral conditions that can stick around and wreak havoc on your body for much longer. Let’s take a look at five of the most common oral infections known in the dental industry.

  1. Dental Caries
    These are the primary result of tooth decay, they’re the leading cause of tooth loss in children under 12 and is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus mutans. many suffer from this oral infection, but by using good oral hygiene, it can be prevented.
  2. Gingivitis
    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 settle into your body. The gums react to this toxin with inflammation and bleeding when you brush. Anywhere between 50 and 90% of adults have gingivitis and if left untreated can produce harmful results on your body.
  3. Periodontal Disease
    Periodontal disease is the result of gingivitis that has been left untreated. This affects the bone and supporting tissues making pockets form around the teeth giving way to inflammation and bone loss. Periodontal disease can also make a chronic lung condition worse if already present in the body.
  4. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
    This infection is most common with toddlers or school-age children. It usually begins with one to two days of sore throat and fever, and then slightly painful blisters can appear inside the cheeks in the tongue, even the palms, soles, and buttocks.
  5. Herpangina
    The last disease we will discuss today is related to hand foot and mouth disease, and most frequently infect children during the summer and fall. This also starts with fever and sore throat and ends in tiny blisters at the back of the mouth which then form ulcers as they rupture.
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