Most Common Dental Issues

Although our teeth can tear into foods, they are surprisingly fragile and require proper care. It is important to keep our teeth healthy and strong because they are susceptible to decay, infection, sensitivity, and many other dental issues. So, what exactly are the most common problems when it comes to your oral health? Let’s find out: 

Tooth Decay and Infection 
Tooth decay and infection are both caused by harmful bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth turns into acid and eats away the enamel of your tooth. If the tooth decay is not treated, it can turn into a root infection. Root infections happen when tooth decay makes it way down into the pulp of your tooth (soft center of a tooth) and affects its nerves. In this case, a root canal therapy must be performed in order to save the tooth and prevent further complications. 

Bad Breath and Dry Mouth 
Bad breath, yuck! Bad breath is often caused by dry mouth, cavities, or gum disease. Those suffering from dry mouth do not produce enough saliva to help flush out bacteria that stick to our teeth and gums. You can help combat bad breath and dry mouth by drinking water throughout the day and keeping up with your daily oral health routine. Using mouthwash and sugar-free gum can also help prevent bad breath. You should also see your dentist, as bad breath can be a symptom of serious health concerns.

Gum Disease 
Gum disease is also caused by harmful bacteria in your mouth. People with gum disease usually experience discomfort and bleeding. Gum disease has many stages and becomes more difficult to treat as it progresses. Treatment for gum disease involves routine dental exams and keeping up with daily dental routines at home. Make sure to floss and clean your teeth every day!

Enamel Wear and Tooth Sensitivity 
While enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, it is worn down by sugary/acidic drinks, brushing too hard, and tooth grinding. Try to swap out acidic and carbonated drinks with still water and eat foods with less sugar and acids. Tooth sensitivity is a common symptom of enamel erosion and occurs when drinking or eating hot or cold items. If you experience tooth sensitivity, it is best to contact us for an appointment. Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of tooth infection or decay.

Our teeth are wonderful, so brush, floss, and visit us twice a year to help keep your teeth healthy. If you have any questions about your oral health or feel any dental discomfort, please contact Premier Dental Associates at 212-587-0202 or book an appointment with us online!