The team at our Doylestown cosmetic dentistry practice, Artistic Expressions Dentistry, is committed to educating each and every one of our patients about the dangers of poor oral hygiene. Taking proper care of your teeth with daily brushing and flossing habits, paired with professional cleaning and exams every six months can ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy. If you do not exercise proper oral hygiene habits, you risk developing one of these common dental problems.
1. Bad Breath
Bad breath is typically caused by some type of dental problem, such as cavities, dry mouth, gum disease, and oral cancer. In other cases, it may be from poor dental hygiene habits. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly, and to brush the tongue to prevent bad breath. If you already brush and floss regularly, visit the dentist to see if your bad breath is a sign of a more serious problem.
2. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay, or cavities, can significantly damage the teeth if they go untreated. Tooth decay is caused by plaque mixing with the foods that we eat to produce an acid that deteriorates the enamel on the teeth. If tooth decay is allowed to progress, the patient could eventually lose the affected tooth.
3. Yellowed, Discolored Teeth
Teeth can become yellowed and discolored from the foods and drinks that we consume, smoking, and certain medications. Our Doylestown teeth whitening treatment is designed to whiten teeth by several shades so patients with yellowing teeth do not have to feel embarrassed about their smiles.
4. Gum Disease
Gum disease can result in tooth loss and comes in two stages. The first stage is gingivitis, and the symptoms include gums that are swollen, red, and bleed easily. If gingivitis is not treated, it will lead to periodontis, a condition in which the ligaments and bones that support the teeth become infected.
5. Tooth Sensitivity and Pain
A few different things can cause tooth sensitivity and pain; the most common include cavities, tooth erosion, or recent dental treatment. If you are suddenly experiencing tooth pain, contact our practice to schedule a dental exam.