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Common Dental Problems to Look Out For

Common Dental Problems to Look Out For

Dental issues are widespread and affect people of all ages and nationalities. If your teeth are not taken care of, they will wear out due to the strain they experience from all the chewing, biting, or grinding while having dental issues.

To take care of them, wash your teeth three times every day, floss, and go to the dentist regularly while avoiding foods that are bad for the teeth. Below are the most common dental problems that one should look out for:

Gum Disease

One of the most common oral issues in adults is gum disease. It develops in three stages, starting with gingivitis. Although gingivitis is a curable gum disease, it can develop into periodontal disease quickly if it is not managed correctly. Treatment for periodontal disease needs to start immediately. Otherwise, stage three of gum disease, sometimes referred to as advanced periodontal disease, will develop and cause teeth to become loose.

The following are additional signs of gum disease:

  • Gum bleeding when you brush or floss. 
  • Foul breath
  • Gums that are swollen, red, or painful.
  • Loose teeth 
  • The development of pus in and around your gums


Cavities are parts of your tooth’s surface that have been irreversibly damaged and have developed small holes. One of the most frequent dental issues can even affect young children. They are brought on by food with a high sugar or starch content that forms plaque and sticks to the teeth’s surface. 

The protective layer of your teeth, known as enamel, slowly deteriorates due to bacteria in your mouth feeding on sugar and carbohydrates. This then causes tooth decay, which then indeed calls for fillings. The following are the main symptoms of cavities: 

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Pain when biting
  • Holes on the teeth’ surface
  • Teeth ache
  • Stains on teeth
  • Sensational pain while drinking or eating something hot or cold

Bad Breath

Halitosis, or bad breath, is a problem that affects people of all ages. While we might assume this is common, it’s typically a symptom of other dental issues. According to studies, 85% of persons with foul breath have another dental issue to blame. A common sign of gum disease, cavities, or oral cancer is bad breath.

This is why cleaning your teeth after each meal and seeing a dentist can help you manage oral health issues like foul breath. If you cannot brush immediately after every meal, carry a tiny bottle of mouthwash with you. Or, at the very least, gargle with clean water after eating. 

Tooth Crowding

Tooth crowding is a dental issue that goes beyond aesthetics. As a result of alignment problems, TMJ, also known as a temporomandibular joint disorder, may develop. Jaw issues brought on by improper biting may require surgery to correct. Even though it is time-consuming, treating dental crowding is the most excellent approach to avoiding jaw problems and improper bite alignment.

 Crowding may result when baby teeth fall out, and new teeth erupt in an odd place. Without the person’s knowledge, teeth can also move, which may eventually require realignment. When teeth need to be severely realigned due to crowding, braces are the treatment of choice. Orthodontists may even recommend extraction in extreme cases of crowding to allow for tooth movement. One can opt for clear aligners called Invisalign if it doesn’t require extensive realignment.

Root Infection

When germs infect the tooth’s root, a root infection develops. It enters your tooth’s core and attacks the pulp tissue there. Eventually, an abscess will appear, signaling a more severe instance of the root infection. Visit your dentist if the discomfort won’t go away but you can’t see any abscesses. 

A root canal operation may be suggested; unlike what many people believe, it’s not painful. Dentists administer anesthetic to their patients, so there is almost no pain. The tools’ pressure and movement would be felt, but you wouldn’t experience any pain until the anesthetic wore off.


Those mentioned above are the most common dental problems that one should look out for. They can develop due to unhealthy diet and poor oral hygiene. However, visiting your dentist regularly can effectively help you treat such issues while providing sustainable oral health. River Valley Smile Center welcomes you to request an appointment with here to chat about your overall oral health.

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