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Most Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them

What are some dental problems dentists see in their offices over and over again?

Here are the most common and very avoidable dental problems to know about.


Plaque building up on the surface of the teeth it eats away at enamel. This will form a hole in the tooth. Plaque is a sticky substance full of bacteria that feeds on sugar in the foods we eat. It produces acids that break down enamel, forming decay. Our Dentists will fill the hole in the tooth once it is formed.

You can combat cavities by getting rid of plaque.  First of all, You can do this by brushing twice a day and  flossing daily. Secondly, You need to visit your dentist at least once a year for a dental cleaning and exam.

Gum Disease.

Gum disease is caused when plaque attacks the gums. The first stage of gum disease is known as Gingivitis. The advanced stage is Periodontitis. Signs of Gum Disease include red, swollen gums that bleed easily. If it advances to where the bone is involved, it is Periodontal Disease. As the gums start to pull away from the teeth, bone loss happens and there are spaces that form between the teeth. This is the area that becomes infected. Our Dental Hygienists will measure your gums to check for signs of gum disease. We can treat all forms of Gum Disease in our office.

Most noteworthy, if not treated, gum disease can lead to eventual tooth loss. Smoking, hormonal changes and diabetes can increase your chance of developing gum disease. The good news is that gum disease can be reversed with regular brushing and flossing. While bone loss can not be gained back, it can be slowed down or stopped.

Enamel Erosion.

The enamel  on your teeth can be worn down by the acids in foods and drinks, and by over brushing. We see signs of erosion including tooth sensitivity, discoloration, cracks and chips. When your enamel erodes, your teeth are very susceptible to cavities, while tooth sensitivities may be severe and painful.

The best way to prevent enamel loss is to cut out highly acidic foods and drinks. Make sure to brush with a fluoridated toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush. Drink water throughout the day to neutralize the acid too.

If you have any of the above symptoms call us at 920-733-2445 to make an appointment at our office.