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A Close Look Into Common Dental Problems

May 14, 2023
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When you are aware of the common diseases that impact oral health, you’ll know what you can do to prevent them. Understanding the symptoms of those diseases will also prompt you to seek treatment sooner rather than later. This important discussion appears in a Verywell Health article by Tammy Davenport, which Ashraf Dentistry summarizes here to fill everyone in with crucial information. (Source: Very Well Health, The Most Common Dental Problems, by Tammy Davenport, medically reviewed by Edmund Khoo, DDS, September 6, 2022, https://www.verywellhealth.com/top-common-dental-problems-1059461  ).


Bad breath

In a vast majority of cases, unpleasant breath results from a dental condition. It could be cavities, dry mouth, odour-causing bacteria on the tongue, or oral cancer. Persistent bad breath may necessitate gum disease treatment, or if caused due to poor oral hygiene, cleanings, and fillings to prevent cavity growth.

Tooth decay

Also called cavities or caries, tooth decay is preventable by brushing twice daily, flossing every day, and getting regular dental check-ups. Avoiding too many sugary drinks will help too. If left untreated, cavities will keep growing and destroy the inside of the tooth. “Cosmetic dentistry cannot correct cavities,” says Ashraf Dentistry. “Depending on how long you’ve had the cavities, you may need cleanings and fillings, root canal treatment, or tooth extraction.”

Gum disease

Gum disease is common among people in their 30s. Smoking, diabetes, and dry mouth are risk factors. Symptoms include bad breath, tender or bleeding gums, pain while chewing, and sensitive teeth. Good oral hygiene helps keep gum disease away and saves hundreds to thousands of dollars on gum disease treatment.

Mouth sores

Many mouth sores are harmless, but those that last more than two weeks may indicate something going on in your body and require medical attention. Be aware that cold sores are contagious while canker sores aren’t.

Sensitive teeth

Sensitivity to cold or hot drinks or food usually indicates a tooth abscess, a pocket of pus that forms inside your teeth or in the gums due to a bacterial infection. Quick treatment is necessary to avoid losing your teeth or suffering a jaw infection. Note that some sensitivity is common after professional teeth whitening but goes away soon on its own.

Toothaches and dental emergencies

Rushed trips to the dentist commonly occur from losing a tooth after an accident, a tooth abscess, or a broken or chipped tooth after a misadventure. Your dentist will recommend a dental implant if you’re missing a tooth. However, dental crowns and bridges, which are considered restorative dentistry, could be recommended as well.

Tooth erosion

Acids can wear away at the tooth enamel, causing sensitivity or even cracking. The loss of the tooth surface is irreversible and can be prevented with good oral care. Veneers, fillings, crowns, or tooth extraction address tooth erosion.

Unattractive smile

People turn to cosmetic dentistry to change their smiles to something they like more. Professional teeth whitening, cleanings, fillings, braces, dental implants, or more extensive cosmetic dental work can fix smiles and boost confidence.

Oral cancer

Oral cancer can be treatable if detected in the early stages. The consequential risk factors are smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, and acquiring cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) from close/sexual contact with someone who has the virus. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • A lip or mouth sore that is slow to heal or doesn’t heal.
  • A lump inside the mouth.
  • A change in bite.
  • Difficulty swallowing.

Be wise on oral hygiene and take good care of your body

Following the best practices of keeping your mouth clean and healthy helps avoid common dental problems. Pay attention to warning signs of dental issues, and get timely treatment, whether that be gum disease treatment or root canal. Suppose your dental issue is cosmetic in nature. In that case, your dental professional will recommend a few options for a natural and healthy-looking smile. You can explore these options with a dentist who offers cosmetic dentistry.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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