Common Dental Problems and How to Handle Them

Have you ever considered why having a perfect smile is linked to good oral health? Typically, individuals refrain from smiling due to common dental issues such as bad breath or cavities. These problems are primarily caused by inadequate dental hygiene habits.

It is recommended by our dental care experts to be aware of common dental problems and address them immediately to avoid pain and unexpected dental emergencies. Here are some common issues and solutions to help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

1. Cavity and Infections

Tooth decay is usually caused by bacterial infections known as cavities. If left untreated for a long time, the infection can spread to nearby teeth. Poor cleaning habits and food particles that get stuck can also lead to tooth decay

Periodontal disease, also known as gum infection, is a prevalent issue resulting from inadequate oral hygiene. To get rid of food particles or harmful bacteria, it’s crucial to brush and floss regularly.

2. Receding Gums

Your gums may start to recede due to an infection, which can lead to loose teeth and potentially tooth and bone loss. Two significant reasons for receding gums are tartar buildup and excessive brushing. Not only can receding gums look unpleasant, but they can also cause discomfort and pain while eating, drinking, and talking. We recommend getting a professional dental cleaning and, if needed, root canal to save your gums and teeth from more damage.

3. Bad Breath

One of the most neglected and common dental problems is bad breath. Infections, cavities, and gum disease are a few causes of bad breath. Understanding if bad breath is due to bad oral health or symptom of some serious medical condition is important.

4. Broken and Chipped Teeth

If you experience a sudden fall or bite something hard, it can result in broken or chipped teeth. Not only do they look unappealing, but these issues can also impact the pressure applied to your other teeth. To alleviate pain and swelling, place a cold pack on the affected area and seek proper treatment from a dentist. There are various options available to repair broken or chipped teeth, such as crowns, fillings, and veneers.

5. Bruxism

Suffering from bruxism, a sleep disorder, can have negative impacts on your dental health. It involves grinding and clenching of teeth, which leads to jaw pressure, headaches, and erosion of the teeth. At our clinic, we offer mouthguards to alleviate the pressure caused by bruxism and help relieve any associated discomfort.

6. Misaligned Teeth

Misaligned teeth refer to a dental problem where the teeth in the upper and lower jaw do not align correctly. This condition can affect your facial structure and increase your susceptibility to infections and discomfort. The most commonly used treatments for correcting misaligned teeth are braces or Invisalign.

7. Teeth Sensitivity

Teeth sensitivity can cause sudden and sharp pain when consuming food that is too cold or hot. The pain can spread to other facial areas too. The loss of enamel can be a major cause of tooth sensitivity.

Dental problems can cause sudden and unbearable pain, making us rush to the  emergency  dental clinic. Dr. David C. Ashley DMD & Associates offers emergency care to help treating any dental emergency in Bradenton and bring back the smile you always wanted.