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7 Common Dental Problems You Should Know

7  Common Dental Problems You Should Know

You wouldn’t think so, but your teeth, gums and mouth can be complicated things. Learning to recognise common teeth and gum problems is essential in managing your oral health and preventing everyday problems from developing into more serious issues.

1. Teeth Decay/Erosion

Did you know that, according to the Australian Dental Association, tooth decay is one of Australia’s most common dental problems? The two main culprits behind tooth decay are poor oral hygiene and the consumption of too many sugary foods. To prevent decay, make sure you brush twice daily and avoid eating sugar or starch-based foods between meals. Dentist checkups and cleans every 4-6 months are also essential!

2. Bad Breath

Bad breath is a common dental issue and can be caused by issues like cavities, gum disease, dry mouth and poor oral care. If you suffer from bad breath, a trip to your local family dentist is in need; they will be able to diagnose the root of the problem and advise you on the best treatment moving forward.

3. Sensitivity

Those sharp pains you feel when you eat something hot or cold are usually an indication of tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity is a standard dental problem, especially among adults, but it can be easily treated. Changing toothpaste and topping up on fluoride are common remedies, however more serious sensitivity problems may call for a gum or root canal treatment.

4. Discolouration

Are your teeth yellow, grey or stained? Teeth discolouration can occur as a result of the food we eat, but is also related to poor oral hygiene and smoking. Brushing and flossing, as well as regular checkups and cleans, will help prevent discolouration. If your teeth are heavily stained, you can also choose a teeth whitening or teeth bleaching treatment to restore your clean, white smile!

5. Wisdom Pain

Wisdom teeth are those annoying back molars that can cause impaction or overcrowding in the mouth. They usually come through in your late teens or early twenties. If you sense pain in your back gums, jaw or lymph glands, a wisdom teeth extraction may be in need.

6. Mouth Sores

Mouth sores can be irritating and uncomfortable, but are also considered common dental problems. Topical treatments are usually available at your local pharmacy, however, if your mouth sore persists for more than two weeks, make sure you visit your family dentist as soon as possible, as it could be a sign of something more serious.

7. Gum Disease

Gum disease generally occurs in two stages: gingivitis (first) and periodontitis (second). The main signs of gum disease include bleeding or swollen gums, changes in gum appearance, pus between the gums, loose teeth and mouth sores. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should see your dentist immediately to work out the most ideal treatment for your gum problems.

Have you got a common dental problem that you’re not sure about? Somerset Dental Care is an experienced, friendly dentist based in the Macarthur, Camden and Wollondilly area. Contact us to book an appointment today or email [email protected]


Tips For Finding a Good Family Dentist

Tips For Finding a Good Family Dentist

Having a good family dentist at your disposal can make a huge difference to your family’s oral care. If you are searching for a reliable, trustworthy dentist, these tips will put you on the right path for dental success!

1. Locally Based

Finding a family dentist that is local is ideal, since it means you won’t have travel long distances see them. This can make your dental checkups and cleans and your other appointments much more convenient. It also means that if you run into any dental emergencies, your dentist will be quick and easy to get to.

2. Friendly Attitude

A good family dentist will value your comfort and state of mind when providing treatment. Great patient service is part of the dental care process and a friendly, caring dentist will make each visit much more pleasant and enjoyable. This is especially important for kids, who may dread going to the dentist, or for others who feel nervous or anxious about each visit.

3. Knowledgeable

Your family dentist should also be highly knowledgeable about all areas of dentistry and they should provide you with preventative and other solutions that will benefit your oral health in future. In short, don’t choose a dentist who only offers ‘quick fixes.’

You should also feel comfortable approaching your family dentist about any oral problems and it’s important that you trust their opinion. A good dentist will also have a working knowledge of dental fees and health care plans, so that they can help you manage your dental expenses, too.

4. Experience With Kids

If your kids are young and dislike dentist visits, look for a local family dentist who has experience working with children. These dentists will have a thorough understanding of kids’ dentistry and they will also go to efforts to make nervous children feel more at ease.

Having fun while at the dentist is important for kids too and simple things like child-friendly waiting rooms or take-away treats or ‘show bags’ can make each appointment more entertaining.

5. Range of Treatments

It is also in your best interests to ensure that your family dentist has a range of treatments available. This means that you won’t have to go elsewhere if you need to get a certain procedure done.

Common services can include basic checkups, cleans, fillings and teeth whitening as well as more complex processes like wisdom teeth extraction, root canal treatments, crowns and bridges fittings, ceramic restorations and braces/plates.

6. Emergency Dentistry

You never know when you might need emergency dentistry! A local family dentist who can also perform emergency dentistry procedures can be invaluable. This allows you to keep all of your dental work in one location (along with your dental documents, history and x-rays) and means that you won’t have to explain your dental history to a different dentist during an emergency.

At Somerset Dental Care we value your comfort and wellbeing and we’re passionate about dentistry! To learn more about what we do or book an appointment, contact us via our website or email us at [email protected].