7 Common Dental Problems

 

How is your dental health? Is it pretty good? Even if your dental health is excellent currently, you may find yourself at some point in your life experiencing some dental problems. Lots of people do.

In fact, there are some dental problems that are extremely common, but may still require some special care or treatment to prevent them from happening again. Let’s look at seven of the most common dental problems you may encounter.

  1. Bad Breath

Many people think that bad breath is just a problem that occurs because you’ve eaten a very strong flavored food like onions, garlic, or blue cheese. But, in reality, your bad breath may be a symptom of a more serious dental problem. You may find that your bad breath is due to:

  • Use of tobacco products
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Medications
  • Infections
  • Gum disease
  • Tonsil stones
  • Certain illnesses/diseases

If you have persistent bad breath, you should speak to your dentist to see if a diagnosis can be made.

  1. Tooth Decay

When your enamel softens, your tooth can be damaged by the acids in your mouth. This can create a hole in your tooth, a cavity, which can require fillings or additional treatments if not taken care of.

  1. Gum Disease

Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and then causes an infection in the gums. It is one of the most common diseases in adults and is treatable when detected early. You may notice symptoms such as:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Painful chewing
  • Pus around the teeth and gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  1. Oral Cancer

Regular dental checkups are important as it is during these checkups that your dentist often screens your mouth for any signs of oral cancer. Some symptoms of oral cancer include:

  • A sore or irritation that doesn't go away
  • Red or white patches in your mouth
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness in mouth or lips
  • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth
  1. Tooth Sensitivity

A very common problem that people experience is sensitive teeth. You may experience sensitivity while brushing or flossing or when eating or drinking things that are hot or cold. There are a wide variety of reasons you may experience sensitivity, and it is important you speak with your dentist if sensitivity persists. 

  1. Tooth Infection

You may experience an infection in your tooth, also known as a tooth abscess, which will require treatment from your dentist. Symptoms of an infection may include:

  • pain that radiates to your ear, jaw, or neck
  • pain that gets worse when you lie down
  • pain when chewing or biting
  • facial redness and swelling
  • swollen, red gums
  • tooth sensitivity
  • discolored or loose teeth
  • bad breath
  • foul taste in your mouth
  • tender or swollen lymph nodes in your neck or under your jaw
  • fever
  1. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is another common dental problem. It is often caused by:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Medications
  • Aging
  • Various illnesses/diseases
  • Tobacco and alcohol

These common dental problems are often treatable. Be sure to practice dental hygiene and visit your dentist for regular dental checkups to help prevent these problems.