Common Dental Problems – Diagnoses, Complications, Solutions

Excerpt: The mouth is a pretty sensitive place and a lot can go wrong. The main issue with oral health...
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The mouth is a pretty sensitive place and a lot can go wrong. The main issue with oral health is consistency and keeping healthy standard oral care practices. If you spend 5 minutes a day taking care of your mouth you can prevent lots of issues that will be painful for you, or possibly your wallet.

How are common problems diagnosed?

If it’s a common dental issue then symptoms tend to have a gradual build-up and are usually not intense right from the beginning. Paying attention to how your teeth and gums are feeling on a regular basis will tell you a lot, some typical signs include:
  • Gum disease – They can be swollen, red, puffy, and may bleed when brushing or flossing.
  • Cavities – There may be a pain, sensitivity, and local gum issues to the affected tooth.
  • Sensitivity – Varying degrees of discomfort or pain will be felt with hot or cold food or drink.

What Are Some Common Dental Problems?

While there are lots of problems that can happen, here are a few common issues:

Tooth Decay

Cavities are easily the most common dental issue the average person will face. Cavities appear as black or brown spots on the tooth, these spots can grow in size and/or depth, until they penetrate the enamel. Cavities are caused by acid that is produced in the mouth. Since sugar is so prevalent in modern society, it has a big impact on how many people get cavities, oral bacteria feed off carbs, so carb-rich foods only intensify the issue.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis affects more patients than people realize. This is because people may be afflicted with gingivitis and haven’t recognized the symptoms. Usually, this is brought on by a lack of oral care, the gums are incredibly sensitive and can show signs of gingivitis fairly quickly. These signs include redness, bleeding, puffiness, swelling, and bad breath (halitosis). If brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled brush with normal pressure, causes your gums to bleed be in discomfort, then you may be afflicted with gingivitis. 

Teeth Sensitivity

Sometimes referred to as “dentin hypersensitivity”. If you have sensitive teeth, you will notice discomfort or even pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods. Sensitivity happens for a variety of reasons, it can even happen due to having thinner enamel which might be genetics. If the sensitivity is temporary it may have just been a benign issue, but if it continues for days or weeks, then there could be something more serious.

Cracked Broken Or Chipped Teeth

Chips and breaks are dangerous for a variety of reasons. The break could expose the inner parts of the tooth, making it very painful for the patient, and open to infection. If a small break happens, it could compromise the tooth which will cause future breaks or infections to be more likely.

How Do You Prevent Common Dental Problems?

Since these are common problems there are lots of solutions that will lessen the chances of it happening:

Prevent Tooth Decay

Try to have better oral care, and focus on really cleaning your teeth when you do your routine. You can also eat a more balanced diet as sugar will promote decay. If you already have cavities, there are multiple treatments you can get, a common treatment is bonded fillings. 

Prevent Gum Disease

Focus on your gums and tongue after you finished brushing your teeth. There is a lot of surface area in your gums and tongue which can harbor a lot of food particles and bacteria. Make sure you floss as well.

Prevent Teeth Sensitivity

There may not have even been a real cause for the sensitivity, what you can do is buy sensitive dental products which are formulated to deal with sensitive teeth. If it’s sudden and severe, it may be from tooth decay, so it might be better to get a dentist.

Prevent Cracked Broken Or Chipped Teeth

If you have weak teeth it can be genetic, make sure you wear mouth guards during physical activities, especially with contact sports.

Dental checkups to prevent problems

Getting a dental checkup every 6 months is incredibly useful for teeth and can save you from significant problems down the road. Most dental problems can be diagnosed early, this will prevent them from becoming a full dental problem.

Prevention is the best solution

If you are aware that you have an issue, i.e. gums bleeding, a cavity, etc. Make it priority to get it fixed sooner than later. Since you only get one set of adult teeth, it is critically important to keep them all healthy and where they should be, or else the solution may be more painful for both you, and your wallet.

Frequently Asked Questions

They generally are since that is the most common appointment people make, but it’s always a good idea to check with your provider.

You can if you need it, however, once every 6 months is ok for most patients.

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