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Regular dental visits can easily prevent some of our most common dental problems. At 4th Street Dental Studio in Columbus, Ohio, we want the best for the health and functionality of your smile. If you look good, you feel good, and maintaining a healthy oral lifestyle will help prevent dental problems. If you have poor oral hygiene habits, we encourage you to read below to find the best way to improve your health. Read below to learn more about the most common dental problems and things to look out for. 

What Are the Signs of a Serious Dental Problem?

Regular dental check-ups and consistent professional cleaning can be beneficial for treating and preventing dental diseases, cracked teeth, gum recession, missing teeth, and other higher-risk dental problems. Here are some signs that you may suffer from a serious dental issue:

1. Teeth Loss: Tooth loss can signify many different things, but the most common is Periodontitis, also known as periodontal disease. When tartar, plaque, and bacteria build up on the surface of your teeth, it can cause inflammation of the gums, spreading along the gum line, resulting in tooth and bone loss. 

2. Swollen or Bleeding Gums: Keep an eye out for unusual symptoms when caring for your teeth every day, such as swollen or bleeding gums. It should not happen after flossing, but it might indicate gingivitis or gum disease if it persists without provocation.

3. Chronic Bad Breath: Make an appointment with your dentist and tell them if you have chronic breath. Talking about chronic foul breath might be unpleasant. Bad eating habits and lack of exercise can lead to this condition. However, this oral issue is also connected to gingivitis and gum disease.

4. Mouth Sores: If you develop any lumps or sores in your mouth, cheeks, neck, or head, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. It may indicate a more significant issue with your teeth.

5. Pain in Mouth or Jaw: Any discomfort in the jaw or mouth might be a sign of a more severe dental issue. While a toothache or stuffy nose are possible causes, gum disease and TMD should also be considered.


Common Dental Problems

Below are some of the common dental problems that affect many people.

1. Broken or Cracked Teeth: Depending on how badly your tooth is fractured or broken, you may experience great discomfort. As soon as you see a crack or chip in your tooth, no matter how little, you should get it checked out by a dentist.

2. Sensitive Teeth: When the protective layer of tooth enamel wears away and exposes the dentin, your teeth become hypersensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

3. Dental Cavities: A hole in a tooth’s enamel can be caused by tooth decay which l Leads to cavity formation.

4. Gum Disease: If left untreated, gum disease may destroy the soft tissue around your gums and the bone that anchors your teeth in place. Complete tooth loss can result.

5. Bad Breath: Bad breath is the most humiliating problem imaginable. Bad breath, or halitosis, is a highly prevalent condition that affects people of all ages.

6. Dry Mouth: A dry mouth is when saliva glands cannot generate enough saliva to keep the mouth’s interior wet. Certain medications or systemic issues can cause this.


How Can You Prevent Dental Problems?

It is recommended to brush and floss your teeth twice a day every day. Additionally, visiting the dentist every six months unless advised otherwise is a great way to maintain oral health and hygiene and avoid future dental problems from occurring.


Schedule an Appointment Today

Sometimes going to the dentist for regular checkups can be overwhelming, but our team welcomes everyone, and we are here to assist you. If you have questions about your dental health or need assistance with a treatment plan, we are happy to help at 4th Street Dental Studio. Book your next appointment with our professional and friendly team today! 


Robert D. Wood, DDS

Robert D. Wood II, DDS

Third-generation dentist and Nashville native Dr. Robert D. Wood II leverages his professional experience to deliver superior dental care at his Columbus-based practice, 4th Street Dental Studio. An advocate for preventative medicine, Dr. Wood combines his patient-centric approach with his talent for transforming dental visits from daunting experiences into positive ones. Beyond his practice, he enjoys exploring Columbus, engaging in outdoor activities, and is an active member of several dental associations and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.