The 6 Most Common Dental Problems

toothachetoothacheOur dentist in Brooklyn, NY, treats many different patients presenting with a wide array of dental problems every day. Here are the six most common dental issues:

Bad Breath – Halitosis can be embarrassing, and can also point to underlying dental problems. Conditions such as gum disease, cavities, dry mouth, or bacteria on the tongue can all contribute to bad breath. If you are experiencing bad breath, don’t just cover it up with mouth wash or breath mints – consult your dentist.

Tooth Decay – Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the US, second to the common cold. When plaque forms on your teeth and combines with sugars and starches in the food you eat, it produces acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. Bacteria in your mouth can also cause it.

Gum Disease – Gum disease is an infection in your gums that causes them to swell, bleed, and recede. Significant risk factors for gum disease include smoking, diabetes, poor dental hygiene, and dry mouth. Gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss in adults.

Tooth Erosion – Acid in the mouth or bushing too hard can erode the enamel of your teeth, leading to sensitivity and even cracked teeth. Ask your dentist how you can prevent tooth erosion.

Tooth Sensitivity – People with sensitive teeth experience pain in their teeth from sweet foods, hot and cold drinks, and ice cream. This condition can be treated with sensitivity toothpaste and lifestyle changes like avoiding sugary and acidic foods. However, sometimes tooth sensitivity is a sign of a cracked tooth, cavity, or abscess.

Toothaches and Dental Emergencies – A dental emergency can be a painful and frightening, whether you’ve broken your tooth or lost one in an accident. A sudden toothache can also be a sign of an underlying dental problem.

Let Park Slope Family Dentistry solve all of your dental woes when you book an appointment today at 718.768.1111. Our experienced dentist will have you smiling again in no time.