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The most common dental problems and how to avoid them

January 23, 2018

It’s always worrying when we encounter any issues with our teeth. We’ve outlined the most common dental problems and exactly how they can be avoided. For many of the issues, ensuring you have proper oral hygiene is key. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to visit a dentist for a checkup.

Tooth decay

Also known as cavities, tooth decay occurs when plaque combines with the sugars and starches of the food we eat to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. Tooth decay can occur at any age but is particularly common in children. The best way to prevent the chances of tooth decay is to brush twice a day, floss daily, avoid foods with a high sugar content, and go for dental check-ups regularly. The better your oral routine, the less chance you will have of suffering tooth decay.

Bad breath

Bad breath is also called halitosis and can be a result of an underlying dental condition. For example, gum disease, cavities, oral cancer and bacteria on the tongue all cause bad breath. Using mouthwash will certainly help reduce bad breath, but it will not cure an underlying issue. Make sure to see your dentist for a check-up if you have any concerns.

Gum disease

Gum disease is an infection of the gums and is known as periodontal disease. Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss of adults, and although it usually occurs after the age of 30, everyone is at risk. According to the NHS, “most adults in the UK have gum disease to some degree and more people experience it at least once.”  The symptoms of gum disease are bad breath, and sore, red, bleeding and swollen gums. Make sure to brush twice a day and see your dentist for a checkup regularly. Smoking can also increase your risk of gum disease.

Mouth sores

Mouth sores usually last more than two weeks but are not a major concern. There are two main types: canker sores and cold sores. Canker sores, or aphthous ulcers, occur inside the mouth and are not contagious, while cold sores appear on the outer lips and are contagious. Cold sores will come and go and are not entirely curable.

Tooth sensitivity

If your teeth are particularly sensitive to hot and cold air, food and drinks, you will benefit from using a specialist toothpaste for sensitive teeth on a regular basis. Sensitive teeth can also be a sign of a cracked tooth, an abscess or worn fillings, and if this is the case, you need to see a dentist to prevent losing a tooth. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain.

Dry mouth

We all suffer from a dry mouth occasionally, but if you feel your mouth is consistently dry, you might need to seek treatment. Certain medications and health conditions can be the cause of a dry mouth, however, it can also be caused by tooth decay as this can result in decreased salivary flow. Having a dry mouth itself is not serious, but you need to address the underlying cause of the problem.


If you are suffering from any of these dental problems, don’t hesitate to contact our skilled team for advice. If you’re looking for a dentist in Corby, Northamptonshire, we’re the right choice for you.

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