Dental health problems can arise from a wide variety of sources. While it’s true that some dental health problems are the result of poor hygiene and a lack of proper care, many can also be genetic in nature. Understanding the different types of dental health problems that people can face is one of the first steps on the road to taking the action that you or a family member may need for a better quality of life.

Tooth Problems

Tooth problems can range from minor issues resolved at regular appointments to severe trauma that should be treated immediately. Some common tooth problems that may occur include but are not limited to:

  • Cavities
  • Chipped teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Dark teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

If you have issues when eating foods or liquids that are extremely hot or extremely cold, for example, you may be experiencing issues commonly associated with one or more cavities, periodontal disease, gum recession, a cracked tooth, an inflamed nerve, or an abscessed tooth. With a visit to the dentist, you can find out and have it treated.

If you can feel with your tongue that a tooth is loose in its socket, your tooth may be fractured, abscessed, or have severe periodontal disease. These are the types of situations where it is imperative that you make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as you can.

Gum Problems

By far the most common gum problem that people face in the United States is gingivitis, which is estimated to affect over half of the entire population. If your gums are inflamed, swollen, or bleed during routine care, it is likely that you may be suffering from gingivitis.

Another common problem is gum recession, which is where the root of a particular tooth has become exposed. Gum disease is one major cause of gum recession. The situation will only get worse if you don’t make an appointment to have a dentist look at it as soon as possible.

Despite the name, gum problems can also result from teeth grinding. Brushing too aggressively may also irritate your gums, cause pain or bleeding, and recession. It is important that gum disease be treated as it has been linked to heart disease, and of course, tooth loss.

Alignment Problems

Alignment problems with teeth are commonly referred to as malocclusion. Occlusion is a term that describes the actual alignment, while “mal” is a Latin word meaning “bad” or “poor.” Alignment problems can take the form of teeth that aren’t evenly spaced, are crowded, or are completely rotated or twisted around within your mouth.

Alignment problems in your teeth may present themselves in a variety of ways, including issues with your tongue, an overjet or overbite, an under bite, and more. In extreme situations, alignment problems can also lead to digestion problems.

If you’re located in the Lexington, Gilbert, West Columbia, White Knoll, Batesburg-Leesville, or Irmo areas, our staff at Southern Shores Dental are here to help. If you or a family member is in need of general or restorative dentistry services for any of these dental health problems, don’t hesitate to contact us to make an appointment. Your quality of life will dramatically improve, along with your teeth and smile!