If you’ve ever had a dental problem, then you know that it can be an unpleasant experience. You might not know what to do or expect when your dentist tells you about the different types of common dental problems. This blog post will help educate and inform on few types of common dental issues, including cavities, toothaches, gum disease, and more.
Cavities can be a pain in the tooth! They are caused by bacteria that eat away at the enamel on your teeth, leaving behind decay and holes. Cavities happen when food or drinks containing sugar remain on your teeth for too long because it provides fuel to these harmful bacteria. The Live Dentist says, “Fluoride treatments and sealants are ways to protect the enamel of your teeth from more decay.”
- Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the gums which causes them to become swollen and red – usually due to plaque buildup between teeth where regular brushing cannot reach (significantly below the gum line). Left untreated, this inflammation and swelling can cause irreparable damage to both bone support around teeth and your gums. This type of common dental problem is particularly prevalent among adults over the age of 40. If you have gum disease, then ask your dentist about scaling and root planning to remove plaque buildup below the gums before it’s too late.
Toothaches are a terrible, painful experience that affects many people all over the world. They can occur when food or drinks get caught between teeth and rest against sensitive nerves in your mouth, which sends pain signals to your brain. Toothache symptoms include sensitivity to hot/cold foods and liquids and throbbing pain around the affected tooth. If you have a toothache, ask your dentist about local anesthetics for temporary relief until they can drill out decay from below the surface of your enamel where it would be unable to reach otherwise.
- Tooth Discoloration
Tooth discoloration can be a result of genetics, aging, or even overexposure to the sun. Often it is due to stains from food and drinks such as coffee, tea, wine, and dark sodas, which get lodged in between teeth where they cannot be reached by toothbrush bristles. In turn, this causes staining that makes your smile appear duller than usual with less sparkle. If you have an issue with stained teeth, there are many at-home remedies like whitening strips (which work but take time) or professional treatments through your dentist involving bleaching agents, which will gradually restore brightness to your smile.
- Loose or Wobbly Teeth
Loose and wobbly teeth can cause a lot of problems for many people. Sometimes it is caused by genetics, aging (over time, your jawbone recedes), or any number of other reasons – but the result is that teeth become loose and will eventually fall out! If you experience this common dental problem, then talk to your dentist about options like braces which they may be able to recommend to straighten out crookedness before they get worse.
All of these common dental problems can be easily prevented with regular brushing and flossing. If you have already experienced any of these issues, then visit your local dentist as soon as possible to talk about ways to fix them.