Common Dental Problems Philadelphia Dentist

Philadelphia Dentist for Common Dental Problems

While dental health issues such as sensitive teeth and tooth decay should not be ignored.  Though they may appear to be inconsequential now, they ultimately may worsen over time if left untreated.  To make matters worse, dental problems often have effects which spill over into other areas of health, and may lead to all kinds of other health issues.  One of the reasons why we at Smile Maker emphasize good oral health so much is because it' importance does not end with your teeth.  Your oral health affects the health of your entire body.

Nor should your concern for your teeth end when you leave our office.  To ensure oral health and avoid the common following dental problems, it's crucial for you to take preventative measures both in and out of the dental office.  At Smile Maker, we strive to educate all of our patients on proper tooth care, so that they are equipped to prevent dental problems from ever arising.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, which is sometimes called caries, is a preventable dental disease.  Your teeth and gums are constantly exposed to large amounts of sugars and starches from the food and drinks you consume.  Left alone, the residue from starchy and sugary foods will build up on your teeth, and bacteria will feed off of this residue, forming a substance known as plaque.  Without regular brushing to prevent plaque buildup, these bacteria will produce acid in order to digest residue, and this ultimately eats away at your enamel.  Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, and soft drinks leave the most of these deposits on your teeth.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

The buildup of plaque can also cause bad breath.  While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath, which does not disappear over time may be a sign of gum disease or another underlying dental problem.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an ongoing bacterial infection of the gum line and the bone around your teeth.  Gum disease, like caries, begins with a sticky film of plaque building up, but at the gum line.  As a result of the bacteria's presence gums develop gingivitis, which causes the gums to bleed and become red and swollen, and is the first stage of gum disease.  As gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, the structural integrity of the gums becomes compromised, and teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist.  Possible indicators of gum disease include consistent bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth.  Daily brushing and flossing can prevent the development of gum disease.

Sensitive Teeth

Your teeth naturally contract and expand when exposed to changing temperatures.  However, this has the potential to wear down the enamel of your teeth over time, leading to microscopic cracks.  This process may also cause your gum line can recede, causing exposure to the interior part of the tooth.  Hot and cold food and beverages are often painful to consume for people who experience this form of damage to their teeth.

  Canker Sores

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are small sores inside the mouth which have a tendency to reform over and over.  They have bases which are white or gray, and are surrounded by a red border.  While these sores will usually lasting for about a week or two, this time can be shortened through the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents.


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