The natural bacteria in your mouth is usually harmless except when it’s not. If dental hygiene is ignored the germs can lead to infection and cause dental health problems that can sometimes affect other parts of the body as well. The good news is that there are things that we can do to avoid any serious health issues from arising.

An occasional case of bad breath for instance, may not seem like something to be too concerned about to the average person but chronic halitosis can be an embarrassing condition that can lead to extreme self-consciousness. Some people become so insecure that they are unable to deal with others on a person-to-person basis, which can adversely affect their ability to meet the demands of their job. Halitosis can occur when germs are left to build up on the tongue. The best way to fight them off is to brush your tongue as you brush your teeth. Some dentist recommend using an over the counter device known as a tongue scraper.

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. It can take years to get to this point, but if caught in the early phase of gingivitis gum disease can be totally controlled. Periodontitis is an infection that can spread throughout the bloodstream and affect vital organs of the body. Dentists regularly advise patients that they may be at higher risk for stroke, or heart disease. If identified early enough periodontitis may be held in check by a deep cleaning and scraping procedure followed up by a conscientious effort to adhere to a strict routine of good oral health habits at home.

Canker sores can be painful and a real pain to put up with, but they usually run their course in a couple of weeks. If they continue to persist, or crop up on a regular basis, laser treatment may be advised. The herpes virus causes mouth sores around the mouth and blistering. The virus is contagious, but can only be spread through direct physical contact. There are medications for treatment.

If you notice what may be an early symptom of an issue with your teeth or gums let your dentist know right away.