We see dozens of patients each day who present with common issues affecting their teeth, gums, and mouths. Often, these common dental problems have simple solutions or easy ways to prevent them.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

For some people, it doesn’t matter how often they brush and floss: their breath still smells less than pleasant. For most people, bad breath is caused by bacteria accumulating on the tongue. Scraping or brushing your tongue daily can help with this issue. However, you should mention this issue to your dentist: there may be an underlying problem, like dry mouth or a post nasal drip, which needs to be resolved.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis and periodontitis are both forms of gum disease that commonly affect patients. To discourage gum disease from forming, we encourage our patients to practice good oral hygiene. However, some patients put themselves at extra risk by smoking or using chewing tobacco. Both of these can negatively affect your gum health, so we recommend quitting.

Cavities

Most of us have had a cavity in our lives, and after having it drilled and filled, we were determined to never have another one again. The best way to discourage cavities from forming is to improve your oral hygiene practices. Thorough brushing and flossing every day can help you to reduce or even eliminate your risk for cavities.

Yellowing Teeth

They aren’t called pearly whites for no reason: your teeth should be white! However, many people allow their teeth to become stained over time. These unsightly stains are caused by everything from coffee and red wine to genetics. If your teeth are yellowing, the best thing to do is to have us whiten them for you. It’s a quick and simple procedure that will give you more lasting results than any whitening product you could get at your local megastore.