Top Five Most Common Dental Issues
Maintaining good oral health is important for overall well-being. When dental issues arise, they can significantly impact our quality of life. Here are the top five most common dental problems:
Tooth Decay (Cavities)
Tooth decay, or cavities, is a very common dental concern that affects people of all ages. Bacteria that feed on sugar in the food and drinks we consume, produces acid that can cause damage to the outer layer of our teeth—the enamel. If a cavity is small or shallow, you may not feel any pain or sensitivity. If left untreated, however, the hole in your tooth can extend to the nerve, causing an infection in your bone which can spread to other parts of the body.
The best way to prevent tooth decay is to properly brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time, floss regularly, and have regular dental exams.
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Gum disease is a serious infection of the soft tissue that surrounds teeth. In the early stages of the disease, called gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red and may bleed. Without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, in which teeth may loosen or fall out and bone can be lost. Good oral hygiene, including regular dental exams and professional cleanings, is crucial in preventing gum disease. Early detection and treatment can stop the progression of periodontal disease and prevent tooth loss.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Bad breath, or halitosis, is often caused when bacteria in the mouth break down food particles, releasing unpleasant odors. Poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, and certain foods contribute to bad breath. Other causes of bad breath include smoking, sinus infections, dental appliances or dentures, dry mouth (xerostomia), diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and yeast infections of the mouth.
Regular brushing, flossing, tongue cleaning, and staying hydrated can help combat bad breath. If bad breath persists despite good oral hygiene practices, please set up an appointment in order to rule out underlying dental problems.
Many people experience pain or discomfort when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and beverages. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the outer layer of the teeth—the enamel—wears down, exposing the sensitive dentin underneath. Using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, maintaining proper brushing techniques, and wearing a mouthguard at night if grinding is an issue can help reduce tooth sensitivity.
While less common, oral cancer is a serious concern. Oral cancer can affect the lips, tongue, cheeks, and throat. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment. Regular dental exams include screenings for oral cancer. If you have sores, discoloration, or unusual changes in the tissues in your mouth, please contact our office to set up an exam.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits, including properly brushing your teeth, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist for regular exams, is your best defense against the most common dental health issues. In addition, a balanced diet that is low in sugary and acidic foods also contributes to optimal oral health. Addressing dental problems early not only prevents further complications but also helps maintain a healthy, confident smile for years to come.
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