There are a variety of reasons why patients seek dental care from our dental office or other local dentists in the area. While the procedures and treatments are fairly standard from office to office, every patient is unique and you need a dentist who understands the complexities of your individual needs. Our dental office provides all patients with a complete oral exam to ensure your oral health is set up for success. The best way to stop serious symptoms is to catch them in their early stages and to develop a treatment plan to restore any issues that may have been caused. It is important for us that you understand what dental conditions there are, and what we can do to help.
Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, is extreme grinding of the teeth, clenching of the jaw, or both. This condition tends to be common during the night but can also happen during the day. Some symptoms that relate to teeth grinding are; jaw aches, headaches, and sensitive teeth. If bruxism is left untreated, it can cause long-term oral health issues like tooth wear, cracks, or even crack restorations that are currently in your mouth. Our first step that we recommend is a night guard, however, if the grinding continues, we request that you schedule an appointment with us to prevent further issues to your teeth and oral health.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a strong smell that remains in our mouths for an extended period. If you are struggling with bad breath it may be due to dental issues, mouth infections, dry mouth, or smoking. Bacteria is most likely lodged in between your teeth, which is why we recommend following a strict dental regime that includes flossing, brushing, and mouthwash twice a day to remove any debris that may be settling. If bad breath does not resolve, we suggest scheduling an appointment at our office to track down what is causing the issue.
Bleeding gums is a common symptom of gum disease. There are chances that bleeding gums can be caused by brushing our teeth too aggressively, or from wearing dentures that do not fit properly. However, most bleeding tends to come from gingivitis or gum disease. This occurs when bacteria are stuck to our teeth, which resulted in the build-up of plaque. If the plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar, which irritates our gums and increases the chances of bleeding and periodontitis.
Cavities are areas of teeth that have become decayed, resulting in holes in our teeth. Cavities are caused by the build-up of plaque, a substance that sits on our teeth and is made of bacteria, saliva, and food particles. Although cavities begin small, there is the chance for them to become larger if they are left untreated. Cavities are difficult to see because most do not show pain in the beginning, however, by visiting the dentist, cavities can be caught early using digital x-rays.
Cold sores are small blisters that form near our mouths which are commonly connected to the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores are complex because some patients who carry the virus do not have breakouts; however, those who have a weak immune system or high stress, may find themselves getting cold sores more often. Some symptoms that arise during a cold sore breakout are burning sensations on the lip or face, raised red blisters, fever, and muscle aches.
Gum disease is branched from gingivitis, which is an inflammation of our gums. This commonly happens due to poor oral hygiene and results in swollen gums and bleeding when brushing or flossing. However, as gingivitis becomes gum disease, also known as periodontitis, your gums may become swollen, red, and lead to recession.
Gum recession is a condition where your gums begin to pull away from your teeth, which ends up exposing your tooth roots. Gum recession stems from periodontal disease and can be caused by aggressive brushing, plaque buildup, hormonal changes, and genetics. If your teeth are exposed to gum recession, it is best to contact us to help prevent further oral health complications.
Oral cancer starts with the cells in our mouths which slowly become a tumour as cells group together and destroy tissue. It looks like a small sore, but it does not go away, which should cause suspicion. It can develop on multiple areas around our mouths, such as: the lips, gums, tongue, inner cheeks, roof of the mouth, or under the tongue.
A healthy smile is at the top of all our lists. However, as time goes on, we may notice that our teeth start to become stained. Stained teeth are caused by lifestyle habits such as what we eat, what we drink, poor dental hygiene, medications, and our natural age.
Tooth sensitivity can be uncomfortable. If you experience tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink hot or cold items, this can be a sign of cavities or root exposure. This should be checked by your family dentist at your next dental appointment.