Most Common Dental Ailments
Created on December 9, 2010
There are many types of dental problems that affect patients. But while many patients develop tooth pain and sensitivity, cavities, and gum recession at some point in their lives, not as many patients suffer from chronic halitosis, TMJ, or severe gum disease. Whether your teeth and gums are in good or poor health, it is important to schedule appointments with your dentist at least once every six months. During your visit with the dentist, a hygienist will remove all traces of plaque and build-up that have accumulated on your teeth since your last trip to the dentist. Then, the dentist will review your dental X-rays and examine the inside of your mouth to determine if you have any dental problems that need to be addressed. For most patients, the dental problems that they develop include:
Dental cavities are one of the most common dental problems that patients develop. Children often develop cavities when they are still toddlers. Many people also develop cavities in their adult teeth. To prevent cavities, thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit the dentist every six months. Cavities can be treated with dental fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.
Gum Recession or Enamel Erosion
Gums that have recessed or tooth enamel that has eroded can result in pain and sensitivity. These conditions are caused by brushing the teeth too hard, periodontal disease, poor dental hygiene, eating disorders, chewing tobacco, orthodontic treatment, and piercings. These conditions can be treated with gum surgery or the placement of dental crowns.
Tooth Pain or Sensitivity
Many patients visit the dentist because they have developed tooth pain or sensitivity to hot or cold foods. In many cases, the pain may be a symptom of dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, enamel erosion, or another condition. Your dentist will need to examine your teeth and gums in order to determine what is causing the pain.