Common Problems

h-perfectSmile3.jpgCommon Problems to Watch Out For

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as caries, is not a life-endangering disease—but it may have a negative impact on your quality of life. The good news is that with proper professional and at-home care, caries is entirely preventable.

Throughout the day, your gums and teeth are exposed to large amounts of sugars and starches. With this constant exposure, acids can begin to eat away at the tooth’s enamel. Because the modern diet consists of carbohydrate-rich foods (like candy, soft drinks, fruit drinks, etc.) deposits commonly bond with bacteria to form plaque. As a result, tooth decay sets in.


Did you know that your teeth contract and expand in reaction to changes in temperature? It’s true— that’s why cold and hot foods/beverages can cause tooth irritation and pain. In fact, for those dealing with extremely sensitive teeth, even breathing cold air can be painful.

Gum Disease

Symptoms of gum disease include bone damage, tooth loss, and inflammation. These are usually a result of the sticky bacteria film, plaque. If your gums are swollen, red, and easily irritated, you may be experiencing the early stages of gum disease. From there, the disease can progress to periodontitis, which is a condition that causes teeth to fall out or need professional removal. Fortunately, periodontitis and gum disease are entirely preventable with daily flossing and brushing.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are also known as aphthous ulcers, and are small, recurring sores inside the mouth. In general, these sores last between one and two weeks—but the duration can be reduced with the use of topical agents and antimicrobial mouthwashes.

Orthodontic Problems

A malocclusion, or misaligned bite, can be acquired or inherited. Sometimes malocclusion is the result of a misaligned jaw, crowded teeth, or even missing teeth. In some cases, developmental issues (like thumb sucking) and accidents can cause malocclusions as well.