Top 5 Dental Problems and How to Steer Clear Of Them

At Coolangatta Dental Group, we see thousands of patients each year. This means that we have dealt with all dental problems imaginable and have a high level of experience in general treatments, cosmetic treatments and restorative dentistry.

More often than not, common dental problems can be resolved with routine care and regular visits to the dentist. It also helps to be aware of the common dental problems and how you can avoid them. This guide explains exactly that, so read on to learn more!

Gum Disease / Gingivitis

Gum disease is a very common condition that is experienced by many Australian adults at least once in their lifetime. As gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults, it’s crucial to understand that it can affect anyone and must be treated as soon as you notice the signs.

First things first, smoking can be a big contributor to gum disease, so if you are a regular smoker, you should schedule more frequent dental visits and aim to reduce your intake (or ideally, quit). The best way to avoid gum disease and prevent gum disease from worsening is to be aware of the symptoms, including:

  • Bad breath
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Red, swollen or bleeding gums
  • Discomfort when chewing

If you have noticed any of these signs, it’s best to get them checked by your local Coolangatta Dental Group dentist as soon as possible. In addition to this, you can regularly brush and floss to keep the teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that affects millions of people. Many patients are unaware of the reasons behind tooth sensitivity which is why it can sometimes go untreated or ignored. This sensitivity can be heightened when consuming sugary foods, ice cream, cold drinks, hot drinks and when outside in the cold.

We advise visiting your one of our clinics if you notice:

  • Discomfort when brushing or flossing
  • Slight pain when consuming hot or cold foods/drinks

Common reasons for tooth sensitivity include:

  • Recent dental procedures
  • Gum disease / gingivitis
  • Teeth grinding
  • Gum recession
  • Brushing too hard
  • A cracked or abscessed tooth

In order to avoid tooth sensitivity, we advise incorporating a quality oral health routine where no corners are cut! This, along with visiting the dentist regularly, especially if you notice any changes in your mouth, regardless of how big or small. If you do suddenly notice sensitivity, you should make an appointment straight away as this will only get worse with time. 

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common health problem that is highly preventable and is typically caused by diets with high levels of sugar. Unlike the common misconception, tooth decay can affect adults, and not just children. The condition occurs when plaque is combined with high levels of sugar or starches from the things we consume, which then produces acids that attack the tooth enamel.

Furthermore, tooth decay occurs when plaque combines with sugars and/or starches of the food you eat. The combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.

The best ways to avoid tooth decay is to brush twice a day, floss daily, have regular dental check-ups and avoid eating foods with high sugar content. Try to eat healthy foods and limit fizzy drinks.

Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common dental problem that can cause a high level of embarrassment and annoyance to many patients. Bad breath isn’t just caused by the foods we eat, but also by a wide range of dental conditions, including gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer and bacteria in the mouth.

You can prevent bad breath with regular dental maintenance and routine visits to your dentist, however, if your bad breath is caused by dental conditions, you should visit your local dentist as soon as possible. From there, your dentist can work with you to determine the root cause of your halitosis.

Tooth Pain

Toothache and pain can be caused by a wide variety of issues, and can range from mild pain to excruciating pain. Tooth pain can be felt when eating, chewing, drinking hot/cold beverages, eating hot/cold food. 

Common causes of tooth pain include:

  • Mild or severe tooth decay and gum disease
  • Acute infection to dental and soft tissue
  • A dental abscess
  • Recent treatment (e.g. tooth removal)
  • A wisdom tooth coming through
  • Cracked or damaged tooth
  • A loose, damaged or broken filling (e.g. through injury)
  • Issues or problems with your braces

To prevent (or reduce the extent of) toothache, you can maintain a healthy diet, clean your teeth properly twice a day, visit a dental hygienist, limit how many cigarettes you smoke, and wear a protective dental guard when playing high-impact sports.

Coolangatta Dental Group: Preventative Dentistry on the Gold Coast And New South Wales 

So there you have it, all the information you need on how to prevent some of the most common dental problems. If you are suffering from any issues, book a dental hygiene appointment with us today! CDG are a highly experienced team of accredited dentists with the ability to take care of all your needs in a compassionate and friendly manner. If you want to address the root cause of your dental issue, or you are due for a check up, kindly get in contact to book an appointment at any of our clinics.