What pops into your mind when you hear the word “dentist?” Most likely it’s your regular check-ups, during which time your dentist will ensure your mouth is healthy by conducting a thorough examination will include a cleaning and perhaps X-rays. But outside of those regular visits, dentists see patients for a host of dental problems. Here are ten of the most common.
When we fail to floss or brush properly, the residue of the sugars we consume become food for the bacteria that live in our mouths. These bacteria produce the acid that starts to decay the tooth, resulting in cavities. At the risk of losing the tooth, cavities must be treated, most often with fillings. Treatments like the CariFree™ Cavity Prevention System employ advanced infection detection and treatment technology to prevent cavities before they start.
2. Cracked or Broken Teeth
Cracked and broken teeth can occur as a result of a fall or other traumatic event, but can also be the result of crunching on ice or biting too hard on a pitt. A tooth that is already compromised by decay is more easily broken. Depending on the severity of the crack or break, the dentist may be able to save the tooth. Those who experience a lost or broken tooth may consider cosmetic or restorative procedures to replace the tooth or fill the empty gap.
When a tooth is sensitive to cold or heat, it’s a good sign that your enamel has worn down due to cavities, or perhaps from excessive grinding of your teeth. Chronic acid reflux may also contribute to tooth sensitivity. No matter the cause, damaged enamel exposes the tooth’s sensitive nerves, which can be extremely painful.
A painful toothache is a warning sign that you may have an abscessed tooth, or are in need a root canal or possible tooth extraction. It may also be an indication that you have a life-threatening infection that requires immediate attention before it worsens. Your dentist should offer same-day emergency care to address these issues.
5. Stained or Discolored Teeth
The food and drink we consume – wine, coffee and berries for instance – can, over time, cause extrinsic (surface) staining. Besides being bad for your health, smoking will also stain teeth. Stains that occur beneath the surface of the teeth – intrinsic stains – are the result of particles seeping through the tooth’s surface. Teeth can also become stained as a result of the natural aging process. Professional cleaning will help to eliminate stains, tartar and discoloration. In many cases, whitening can help restore your teeth to their natural luster.
6. Gum Disease
Persons who neglect their teeth or fail to brush and floss regularly will start to notice tartar buildup. This build-up invites bacteria, which in turn affects gums. Periodontal disease is the result. Left untreated, periodontal/gum disease will cause tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.
7. Pediatric Dentistry
Losing that first tooth, learning how to properly care for teeth, understanding the importance of protecting the mouth during sports – these are just a few of the many reasons one would seek out pediatric dentistry. Dentists who specialize in pediatrics are experts at providing a positive experience for your child for a lifetime of great dental health and can help with thumb sucking, overcrowding and bite problems.
Halitosis – bad breath – most often is associated with poor oral hygiene or a savory diet. However, it could be a sign of an infection or, depending on the specific scent, an indicator of other health concerns. For example sweet or fruity smelling breath may indicate diabetes; a fishy smell may be a sign of kidney damage.
9. Dry Mouth
If your mouth is perpetually dry, it could be due to a lack of salivary secretions, a condition known as dry mouth. Dry mouth is generally not a serious condition, but it can lead to other issues such as decay and other oral health problems.
In many cases it is the dentist during a routine check-up who first notices signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth – including the lips, tongue, and gums, but most commonly occurs on the lower lip. In most cases, you will be referred to a cancer specialist for treatment.
Your Dentist in Henderson
Your relationship with your dentist shouldn’t stop with regular check-ups; for those experiencing pain, problems or a dental emergency, it’s good to know their dentist is there for them. If you live in or around the greater Henderson area, you can count on Dedicated Dental for your dental needs. Our dedicated professional staff are experts at family and cosmetic dentistry, and offer same-day appointments for dental emergencies. Don’t let a dental problem or pain stop you from achieving the beautiful smile you deserve. Call Dedicated Dental today at (702) 566-5509 or request an appointment online.