6 Common Dental Problems (with Solutions)

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What are some of the most common dental problems and solutions?

When it comes to dental issues, prevention is the best medicine. Unfortunately, for most people, knowing what to be on the lookout for can be a real challenge.

If you want to ensure that dental diseases don’t wreak havoc on your oral health, continue reading to learn about 7 of the most common dental issues so that you know how to avoid them and what signs to be on the lookout for.

6 Dental Problems and Solutions

Common tooth problems often present only subtle symptoms but can lead to devastating, long-term dental issues if ignored.

This is why being aware of common teeth problems, as well as their solutions, can be extremely helpful, especially if you are passionate about maintaining your dental health and protecting your smile.

Read on to learn about 7 common dental problems and solutions or get in touch with The Chicago Dental Studio to schedule a consultation at our state-of-the-art studio. Here at The Chicago Dental Studio, our mission is to redefine dentistry and create an environment that helps our patients feel pampered, relaxed, and cared for from the moment they walk through our door.

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1. Tooth Decay (Cavities)

Tooth decay and cavities are by far among the most common dental problems. Thankfully, these problems are not without solutions. Some of the easiest and most effective ways to combat tooth decay is through daily dental maintenance such as brushing and flossing.

The three most common culprits of tooth decay are:

  • Neglecting to brush sufficiently/frequently enough.
  • Neglecting to floss daily.
  • Overconsumption of sugary drinks or beverages.

By flossing and brushing regularly and avoiding overly sweet foods, starchy foods, beverages, and sticky candies or foods, you can minimize your risk of tooth decay.

2. Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)

Gum disease is another of the most common dental problems that people encounter. This disease is all too often the result of poor oral hygiene including neglecting to brush and floss properly or regularly. Gum disease progresses quickly when neglecting to get proper cleaning from your dentist throughout the year.

3. Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem for many people and is brought on by a plethora of different conditions.

Some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity include bruxism (teeth grinding), gum disease, enamel erosion, receding gums, and cracked teeth.

Ways to combat tooth sensitivity include wearing a mouth guard to prevent damage due to bruxism, brushing twice per day, flossing daily, avoiding acidic foods, and visiting the dentist immediately if you begin experiencing tooth sensitivity.

4. Root Infection

Root infections occur when the center of the tooth (the root canal) is exposed to bacteria that are allowed to build up. This build-up of bacteria is usually caused by poor oral hygiene and can be avoided if you brush, floss, and do routine dental check-ups.

5. Receding Gums

Gum recession is usually caused by aggressive brushing, smoking, genetics, or neglecting to floss. Gum recession can cause sensitivity to cold and hot foods, bleeding after brushing and flossing, swollen gums, and bad breath.

Mild gum recession may be treated with topical antibiotics or dental bonding so you should contact your dentist immediately if you begin noticing signs of receding gums.

6. Enamel Erosion

The primary culprits of enamel erosion are acidic foods and liquids that most people consume unknowingly. Foods and beverages such as coffee, wine, liquor, vinegar, tomatoes, and tomato sauce may be causing harm to your teeth without you even knowing it.

If you have sensitive teeth due to enamel erosion, consider cutting back on highly acidic foods to protect your teeth.

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Dental Problems and Solutions: Tips

Avoiding dental problems, while it can feel like a chore at times, is always a better option than waiting until you have a dental issue and trying to remedy it — prevention really is the best cure.

Some tips for maintaining good dental health and avoiding dental issues are: 

  • Brush your teeth twice per day.
  • Floss daily.
  • Visit the dentist for a routine cleaning every six months.
  • Visit the dentist immediately if you begin noticing any dental issues such as pain, sensitivity to temperatures, etc.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, and highly acidic foods.

Contact The Chicago Dental Studio Today

Here at The Chicago Dental Studio, we pride ourselves on providing modern care to Chicago residents who are passionate about the art of dentistry.

From the moment you walk through our studio doors, our team ensures that you get the pampering, you-focused care that you deserve. Each of our four locations is equipped with luxury amenities, state-of-the-art dental technology, digital communication, online scheduling, and no-wait waiting rooms — all to provide you with a more seamless, convenient experience.

We pride ourselves on creating a sleek, modern, and luxurious experience for Chicago residents who are looking for top-notch dental care. Treat yourself to a spa day for your mouth and schedule a consultation at our distinctly modern dental studio. We have locations in Mayfair, Lincoln Park, River North, and West Loop.

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Author: Dr. Nathan Hoffman

Doctor / Practice Owner

Dr. Nathan Hoffman’s philosophy is to provide quality care in a warm, comfortable environment, maintain the highest standards of practice and strive for perfection in all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Nathan Hoffman is continually expanding his education and is ever evolving with the newest advancements in dentistry, offering the latest techniques and technology to his patients.