Tariq Drabu Discusses Oral Health Problems that Affects Self-Esteem and Lowers Confidence Levels

There are a host of oral health problems that can affect your daily life. They will lower your self-esteem and confidence levels, make you very aware when you are talking to someone face to face and can make it difficult to smile, making you less approachable and destroying your life on a daily basis.

Many of the patients that visit my surgery tell me that they don’t want to smile or they feel conscious due to their oral health. The good news is that oral health problems can be treated and with regular dental appointments and good oral health routines, you can be smiling and feeling confident quickly and effectively.

One of the most common complaints I find my patients mention is bad breath. Bad breath can be a result of oral and overall health conditions from tooth decay to gum disease and acid reflux and more. Bad breath can be hidden or masked and a dental appointment is essential to ensure the halitosis is not caused by your teeth or gums.

With bad breath ensure you brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily and floss twice daily. In most instances you would floss once a day, but when facing bad breath, flossing twice daily can ensure all food and plaque is removed from between the teeth. If you find that brushing and flossing isn’t enough, chew sugar free gum, which can also remove plaque and freshen your breath on a daily basis.

Tooth decay is another leading cause of lower self-esteem and confidence levels. Patients who are conscious that they have decay, especially in the front teeth, find it difficult to smile and are very aware of their appearance. Regular dental appointments combined with a good oral health routine can make a positive impact and reduce the risk of tooth decay in the future. Also ensure you eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, eliminating sugars which will attack your teeth.

Receding gums is one of the many problems I encounter with my patients. Red and swollen gums or bleeding gums can really affect how you feel about yourself and your mouth. Brushing, flossing and dental appointment are all ways to fix the problem and ensure the best oral health moving forward.

The final problem that many patients encounter is mouth and cold sores. Mouth sores known as cankers appear on the inside of the mouth, while cold sores are on the lips. These are painful, but they are also ugly and can ruin self-confidence levels. While they do heal on their own they can be very embarrassing and using a topical anaesthetic can reduce the pain, while using over the counter medications can speed up the healing process.

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