Common Dental Problems

Dental Problems

In today’s world there are various types of dental health issues that can cause damage to your smile and your oral health.  For your convenience, we have provided information on the most common dental health problems that plague people. 

We are happy to be of service to you with additional information concerning common dental health issues.  If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment please give us a call at 661-325-5751.  Dr. James Clark services the Bakersfield area in California.

Tooth Decay

One of the most common oral health issues is tooth decay.  Also known as caries or cavities, this type of tooth damage is caused by harmful acids that are formed by the bacteria in the mouth.  These acids break down the enamel of your teeth.  Tooth decay can easily be prevented with good oral hygiene.  Part of our array of services includes the repair of cavities as well as preventative oral care.

Sensitive Teeth

If you are one of the many people who suffer from tooth sensitivity, ask our dentist about reducing your sensitivity.

Sensitive teeth and gums can be caused by:

  • Hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Worn down tooth enamel
  • Recession of the gums
  • Cracking in the tooth surface

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

A common problem that bothers many of us is bad breath.  It may as simple as the foods you eat or it may indicate an underlying medical condition.  You can avoid the build-up of food particles and mouth bacteria with daily brushing and flossing.

If these measures do not control your halitosis (bad breath) then our dentist can help to determine the cause and perhaps bring an end to your bad breath problems.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

As we discussed earlier, many oral health issues start with the harmful bacteria that build up in the mouth.  It is the same for periodontal disease.  Harmful bacteria infect the gums surrounding your teeth causing the gum tissue to get inflamed.  This eventually will lead to tooth loss, gum recession, and bone damage if it is not diagnosed and treated. 

As part of our preventative services, we will check for signs of gum disease at each of your regular visits.  If you are diagnosed with this condition, we will refer to our in-office periodontist for evaluation and treatment

Canker Sores

Occasionally you may notice small sores inside your mouth.  These canker sores are usually white or gray at the base and are surrounded by a red border.  They usually last about one to two weeks.  You can reduce the problem of recurring canker sores by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical medication.

Orthodontic Problems

Orthodontic problems are caused by many different circumstances.  For example, when teeth and jaws do not align properly what results is a malocclusion, or bad bite.  These problems can also be caused by an injury, bad oral habits or other factors.  They may just be inherited. 

The good news is that most orthodontic problems can be treated successfully so that you can have a healthier smile that is more functional as well as attractive.  Please contact our office for more information.

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