There are many common dental problems that bring people to the dentist’s chair. Some are cosmetic, but others are signals of a deeper problem. The best way to avoid dental problems is by catching them early, and taking care of small issues before they become bigger, more expensive procedures. Keeping your regularly scheduled dental appointments is the best way to ensure that your mouth, teeth, and gums are in good condition, and any problems are caught early. Here are some of the most common dental problems; read on, and if you are struggling with any of these Kim Dentistry is here to help!


Tooth Sensitivity

When you start having problems with tooth sensitivity, or are having problems with your teeth while eating, you will want to see your dentist. Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, pain while brushing your teeth, or pain while speaking can all indicate a deeper problem. Tooth sensitivity can occur when the gums pull away from the teeth, when you have a cavity, when the enamel on your teeth wears away, or when a filling becomes cracked. Tooth sensitivity can also be caused by brushing too hard with a hard-bristled brush, or using tooth-whitening products. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental issues that bring a patient to the dentist, and sometimes these sensitivities can be easily remedied with topical therapies. If you are having tooth sensitivity, make an appointment at our Towson office today to ensure that it doesn’t turn into a larger problem!

Tooth Pain

If your sensitivity has crossed over into tooth pain, it is definitely time to get a dental checkup. Tooth pain can result from many of the same issues as tooth sensitivity, but if you are in constant pain, something is wrong. Tooth decay, or a cavity, may have gone deeper into the tooth and is affecting the nerve. A cracked tooth can also cause tooth pain, and can lead to infection if not treated. Infected teeth can lead to larger issues, and permanent damage. An abscess around the root of the tooth can be caused by infection, and can affect both the tooth and the bone. Pain can include increased sensitivity to temperatures, pain while chewing or biting down, or a throbbing sensation. If you are having pain, it is time to get your teeth checked out by a dentist! Untreated pain can lead to infection and more costly procedures if the bone is affected.

Mouth Sores

Sores inside or around the mouth are another reason that people finally decide to see the dentist. Sores can affect any of the soft tissues in the mouth, including the tongue, cheeks, gums, lips, or the roof of the mouth. Mouth sores can be caused by bacterial, viral, or fungal infections that can often be remedied with antibiotics. Mouth sores can also be an indication of oral cancer, which is why getting recurring sores checked by your dentist is so important. Other causes of sores can include irritation from dentures that are not fitting properly, irritation from braces or the broken edge of a tooth, sensitivity to ingredients in toothpastes or mouthwashes and some medications. Most mouth sores will resolve themselves, and are harmless, but because they can indicate deeper problems such as cancer, you should have any sores checked out. When you keep your regular dental checkups, your dentist can spot potential problem spots before they become an issue.

Bad Breath

Some people head to the dentist because they can’t seem to get rid of their bad breath. Obviously, not brushing and flossing regularly can lead to bacteria in your mouth that causes bad odors, but there can be other causes. Using tobacco products can cause bad breath, and certain foods can leave lingering odors. However, bad breath can be more than a nuisance, and can indicate a medical disorder. Infections in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, and liver or kidney ailments can all lead to bad breath. If you are concerned about your bad breath, a dental appointment is necessary to get to the bottom of your breath issues, and rule out any potentially dangerous causes.

Gum Issues

If you have painful or inflamed gums, you want to make sure that periodontal disease is not to blame. The longer that plaque and tartar stay on your teeth, the more likely the bacteria they contain can cause damage to your gums. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can cause your gums to be red, swollen, and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be reversed with good brushing and flossing, which is why catching it early is so important. If gingivitis is not treated, it can lead to periodontitis, where the gums pull away from the teeth and the spaces left become infected. This infection can destroy the teeth, gums, the bone and connective tissue that hold the teeth in place. Make sure you stay on top of your gum health by regularly seeing the dentist.

Jaw Pain

If you are experiencing pain in your jaw when eating, talking, chewing, or yawning, you may have problems with your jaw and facial muscles. Often called TMJ, Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) can cause pain, headaches, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, and tooth sensitivity. An improper bite can lead to jaw pain, and your dentist can diagnose whether this is what is causing your pain. The first step in treating jaw pain and TMD is diagnosis, so dental appointments are crucial for getting to the bottom of jaw problems.

Smile

Aside from any pain or sensitivities caused by dental problems, many people elect to see the dentist to help them with cosmetic issues. If you have crooked teeth, discolorations, or an uneven smile, cosmetic dentistry can give you back a bright, beautiful smile. Don’t live with a smile you don’t love, or teeth that make you self-conscious. Talk with your dentist to see what cosmetic steps you can take to help you love your smile again. Tooth whitening, braces, and veneers are just some of the options that Kim Dentistry offers to help your teeth and smile look the best.

 

If you are experiencing any of these common dental concerns, don’t hesitate, call Kim Dentistry today! The best way to prevent dental problems from becoming big issues is to catch them early; regular dental checkups are the best way to stay on top of your oral health. Whether you are having tooth sensitivity, tooth pain, or gum issues, getting an appointment today starts you on the path toward easing your symptoms and getting to the root of the problem. If your teeth and gums are healthy, and you are just wanting some cosmetic dentistry, we can help with that too!