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Hood River, OR 97031-1564
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Common Dental Problems

Common Hood River people with common dental problems.

Dental Health

Dental health is something that most people take for granted until they are suffering from a problem. Fortunately, most dental problems can be addressed by taking pre-emptive measures to slow their development or even prevent it altogether. Here are some of the most common dental problems experienced by our patients.

Tooth Decay

Also known as cavities, tooth decay is simply an area of the tooth that has been exposed to acids and other compounds for an extended period of time. After enough exposure to the surface of the tooth begins to weaken and decay; after this the decay will progress into the interior of the tooth and may begin to cause serious discomfort. Significant tooth decay can eventually lead to the loss of the tooth if it is not addressed.

Tooth decay is caused when the food you eat reacts with elements in your mouth to form acids; these acids eat the hardened outer part of the tooth (the enamel). Once the enamel is breached the decay will progress at a much faster rate. To prevent the formation of these acids it is a good idea to limit the amount of starches and sugars you consume, as these foods produce decay-causing compounds much more rapidly than other foods. Also, be sure to regularly brush and floss your teeth. If you cannot brush immediately after a meal, at least take a moment to sip some water and rinse it around your mouth. This will help wash away the acid and the compounds that cause the acid.

Temperature-Sensitive Teeth

As you age your teeth may begin to develop small cracks. When these teeth are exposed to extreme temperatures, it may cause pain. Sensitive teeth are also caused when the gum recedes from the tooth and leaves the sensitive part of the tooth exposed to the air. The best way to prevent this condition—or at least slow its development—is by careful and diligent dental hygiene. While this alone may not prevent the condition, regular dental hygiene will at least slow gum recession and keep the more sensitive part of the tooth safely below the gum line.

Gum Disease

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth you may already be experiencing the beginning stages of gum disease. Likewise, if you frequently have a bad taste in your mouth or suffer from bad breath regardless of your diet, you may be suffering from gum disease. It is estimated that over half of adults have some form of gum disease. Left unchecked, gum disease can progress to the point that your teeth fall out or must be removed.

Fortunately, gum disease is easy to prevent through regular brushing and flossing. Further, even if you have already begun to develop it, it can very frequently be reversed simply by implementing good dental hygiene practices.

Bad Breath

If you have chronic bad breath you may need to re-assess your dental hygiene practices. Frequent bad breath is caused when small food particles left in your mouth begin to decay. Excessive plaque or bacteria can also be the cause, as can gum disease.

In cases where bad breath is simply caused by excessive bacteria in the mouth a simple remedy is brushing your teeth and ensuring that you drink enough water. As the water flows around your mouth, it helps wash away the problematic bacteria. Avoiding certain foods such as onions and garlic will also help.

A Mismatched Bite

When you bite down your teeth should fit neatly together like the pieces of a puzzle. If this is not the case with you it may be because of an inherited condition or because of environmental factors such as abnormal development due to an issue such as thumb sucking. Regardless of the cause, this problem can be fixed through the use of braces and similar implements we can recommend.

To take care of your any dental issues you may have give us a call at (541) 386-2020 to schedule an appointment today.

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Hood River, OR 97031
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