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What Are the Most Common Dental Problems?

March 30, 2020

Patients come to Oceanfront Dental for a variety of common dental problems. We want you to know that most of them can be easily prevented. If you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, eat properly, get regular check-ups and learn about common dental problems, you are taking the proper steps toward prevention.

Some common dental problems are:

  • Tooth Decay—Otherwise known as a cavity, is the most prevalent disease, second only to the common cold. Cavities result from plaque build-up that produces acids that attack tooth enamel.
  • Bad breath or halitosis—persistent bad breath could be caused by any one of a number of serious conditions such as gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth, or bacteria on the tongue.
  • Periodontal or Gum Disease—Infection of the gums surrounding the teeth is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults (occurring mostly after age 30). Symptoms range from bad breath, inflamed or bleeding gums, to sensitive teeth and painful chewing.
  • Tooth Sensitivity—Is another common dental problem affecting millions of people. This involves a sharp tooth pain resulting from hot or cold food and drink, as well as certain sweet foods, or simply from brushing and flossing. It is treatable, but don’t wait to see your dentist as it can be the result of a cracked tooth or tooth abscess, which could ultimately result in tooth loss or infection.
  • Tooth Erosion—This involves the loss of tooth structure, caused by acid attacking the enamel. Signs may be sensitive teeth or even cracked teeth. It is very common and can be prevented.
  • Mouth Sores—Mouth sores are usually nothing to worry about unless they last for more than two weeks. But they are bothersome and come in a variety of forms, from canker sores, blisters or cold sores, to oral thrush or candidiasis; a yeast infection seen in infants, denture wearers, people with diabetes, or during cancer treatment.
  • Toothaches—Accidents happen. Even if you visit your dentist regularly. Toothaches and other dental emergencies can be scary. Whether a broken or cracked tooth or an abscess or knocked out tooth, you need to get to a dentist right away.
  • Unattractive Smile—When it comes to self-confidence and general quality of life, this is an important issue to consider. While technically not a “dental problem,” your smile affects many aspects of your life. You may need implants, some straightening or simply some whitening. Ask your dentist how you might achieve a better smile.

Prevention is key, and a good part of that prevention involves coming to see us regularly. Many of these dental problems are serious and should be addressed early on.

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