We brush twice a day, we floss, we visit the dentist regularly we have exceptional oral hygiene what could go wrong? Dental problems can occur in even the most vigilant persons. Dental problems can range from minor to severe and no one is exempt. While we all take care of our teeth, gums, and nutrition sometime things just go wrong. Here are the top 10 common dental problems according to the American Dental Association.
Toothache – A tooth ache usually indicates a cavity. The symptoms are usually pain in the mouth and jaw around the affected tooth. It can also be an indicator of an abscess or impacted tooth. You should be evaluated by your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of the pain.
Sensitive Teeth – Tooth sensitivity can indicate a number of things. Most often noticed when drinking hot or cold beverages it can be a sign of a broken or cracked tooth, worn fillings or tooth enamel, gum disease, or an exposed nerve. See your dentist to find out what is causing the sensitivity and how you can treat it.
Bleeding or Sore Gums – Sore and bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, a reversible early stage of gum disease. It could also be the result of brushing to hard or starting a new flossing schedule. If your gums bleed regularly or it is enough to worry you visit your dentist to make sure it is nothing more serious.
Mouth Sores – Canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis are types of mouth sores. They can be the result of infections and disease or simply braces or a fractured tooth rubbing your mouth. If they persist longer than a week visit your dentist for an examination.
Bad Breath – Bad breath can be caused by any number of things. These can include not brushing your teeth, what you eat, dry mouth, smoking, or some diseases. If your bad breath is concerning, see your dentist to determine the cause behind it.
Jaw Pain – Jaw pain or clicking/popping of the jaw can have several causes. Sinus problems, toothache, arthritis, injury, gingivitis, or TMJ can all cause discomfort in your jaw. It is important that your dentist complete a thorough exam, possibly including X-rays, to determine the source of the pain.
Dry Mouth – Dry mouth may be caused by medications and certain diseases. Since saliva is your mouths primary defense you should speak with your dentist to determine ways to maintain a healthy moisture level in your mouth.
Oral Piercing Infection – Piercings in the oral cavity are coming back in popularity though they pose a great risk of infection. You mouth is home to a large amount of bacteria. If you notice any signs of infection contact your physician or dentist immediately.
Cracked or Broken Tooth – Teeth can crack or break for any number of reasons. Your teeth may be brittle, you may grind your teeth, or sustain an injury to your teeth. While some cracks are hard to diagnose even with the use of an x-ray visiting your dentist can diagnose the crack and provide a treatment plan.
Discolored teeth – Discoloration or staining of the teeth can be as simple as the result of drinking coffee or tea, smoking, aging or genetics. It could also be the result of injury or medications. Consult your dentist for treatment options available for your situation.