You’ve been dealing with the same dental problems on an ongoing basis. They come in and out like the tide. You’re starting to feel like you’re always waiting for the moment you teeth will once again return to their healthy and pain-free former selves.
And most of the time… you just keep on waiting.
It sounds like you’re one of the 3 out of 10 people who avoid or delay visiting the dentist because of cost or other excuses like being too busy. Maybe you’ve simply let it slip to the bottom of your to-do list.
If you’re experiencing these common dental problems on an ongoing or constant basis, we strongly urge you to book an appointment with your Armadale dentist right away by calling on (03) 9509 1500.
Are you experiencing one of these 8 common dental problems?
The moment it first occurs, you can’t stop thinking about it. But days and weeks pass, and you start to forget it’s even there (or worse, you simply force yourself to live with the discomfort).
And then, you bite down on something hard, and ouch – you’re reminded of the pain – there it is again!
If you’re constantly dealing with (and subsequently ignoring) an ache, pain, or problem in your mouth, you need immediate assistance from your dentist in Armadale.
1) Bad breath
Bad breath can be an embarrassing oral health condition.
If bad breath has been shattering your confidence, and you feel like you’ve tried all the tricks in the book, you probably need help from a dental professional.
We’ll help you understand the importance of dental hygiene, and create treatments and strategies you can put into place to effectively deal with the problem – for good!
More serious oral conditions such as tooth decay, mouth sores, and even gum disease can also cause bad breath – that’s why you need an expert Armadale dentist to help you deal with the root cause.
That constant throbbing… the sharp pain when you eat… these triggers are so uncomfortable – yet we are always surprised to hear that some people simply choose to ignore them and deal with the pain.
Do you need to see an emergency dentist?
Our question is simple: does it hurt? Then yes – it’s an emergency!
Delaying your dental visit can lead to more severe issues including tooth loss or gum disease.
No matter how many pain relievers you’ve taken, or how hard you try to ignore the pain, we urge you to visit your dentist – particularly if the pain persists.
There are many causes of a toothache; some of the most frequent ones we see include:
- Broken dental filling
- A damaged or cracked tooth
- Tooth decay
- Tooth infection
3) Tooth sensitivity
You might suffer from sensitive teeth without even realising it!
In fact, you may have even become accustomed to thinking that is simply normal to experience sensitivity – without realising the true cause behind it (as well as the potential treatments that are available).
So what actually causes tooth sensitivity?
Worn-out tooth enamel can eventually lead to sensitive teeth. The enamel is the protective outer layer of your tooth that protects the tooth root.
When this root becomes exposed, you’re susceptible to tooth sensitivity – and this sensation is exacerbated when you have hot or cold food or drink.
Other causes of tooth sensitivity include:
- Broken tooth
- Tooth decay
- Gum recession
- Acid reflux
- Grinding teeth
As you can see, sensitive teeth is not always a sole condition – it’s usually brought upon by a deeper and often more serious oral health problem.
4) Tooth decay
Cavities from bacteria in your mouth cause tooth decay.
Eating sugary snacks and drinking sugary drinks – plus not practising good oral health care – can even trigger the pain in your tooth.
You may see visible pits or dark holes in your teeth as well as feel a sharp pain whenever you bite. Tooth decay, when left untreated, can even grow larger and may even lead to total tooth loss.
So if there’s pain that gives you sudden discomfort or tooth pus surrounding the tooth plus bacteria infection, then you might need to rush to your dentist immediately for treatment.
5) Bleeding, sore, and tender gums
Do your gums hurt after you’ve brushed your teeth?
Do they frequently bleed when you floss?
Sore, bleeding gums are often the first sign of gingivitis, which itself is an early indicator of gum disease (or Periodontitis).
In addition to sore gums, you will probably experience other symptoms including bad breath or a toothache.
Your gums should be pink in colour – if they look red or inflamed, we recommend informing your dentist and booking a check-up as soon as possible.
6) Discoloured teeth
While not exactly a problem, it is something that you might have found yourself dealing with for a prolonged period of time.
Have you noticed the natural whiteness of your smile slowly start to dull?
Whilst often partially attributed to the natural cause of ageing (as the tooth enamel can thin as you age), there are also a number of lifestyle factors that heavily influence the colour of your teeth – the common culprits are coffee, tea, wine, and smoking.
Tired of hiding your smile or feeling ashamed of yellowing teeth?
There are solutions available! In-chair teeth whitening is safe and effective, and something we implore is left only to the professionals.
Get set to show off your smile with dazzling results from Dental Care Group.
Deal with that dental emergency right away
Pain is always a clear indication that something is wrong with your teeth; that’s why you need expert dental treatment for any of your common dental issues.
Postponing emergency dental care only allows the problem to get worse.
Additionally, the mouth-body connection means that health problems that start in the mouth can actually impact your overall health.
Need an emergency dentist in Armadale?
We’re here and ready to assist over Christmas and during the holidays!
Don’t let recurring dental problems ruin the fun of the festive season.
Our emergency dentist is available to take your call during the holidays, offering immediate support and advice over the phone, and organising emergency treatments, if needed.
Rely on our team to keep your teeth healthy this holiday season.