Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them
Toothaches, dental emergencies, and broken-down dental work can leave you in a bind at the most inopportune times. But did you know that most dental “issues” tend to be preventative in nature? By being aware of your overall dental health and intercepting conditions as early as possible, you can reduce the extent of treatment — and dental problems — that you experience in the future.
Crown or Bridge Falling Off
Is it true that flossing around your crown or bridgework can pull off your bridge/cap? If you’re flossing it immediately after the restoration is bonded into place, then that’s probably a yes. But once the cement or bonding agent under your dental work has cured, it’s not going anywhere.
In fact, not flossing around your dental crown is more likely to cause problems in the future. That’s because bacteria settle around the edges of your crown and will start to etch away at the tooth just along the margin of your restoration. Over time, that erosion will work up underneath the crown and disrupt the bond. Before you know it, you’re biting down on something and your crown comes off entirely.
Flossing your crown or bridge every day will help prevent it from coming off!
Concussions and Broken Teeth
Athletic injuries are some of the most common causes of concussions, knocked-out and chipped teeth. Sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, cycling, wrestling, or any other scenarios where a blow to the face or jaw can result in what we call an “orofacial injury” like damaged teeth. Additionally, that trauma can force your mandible (jaw) backwards, so that it radiates into your skull and brain.
A professionally-fitted athletic mouthguard can provide you or your child with the highest level of protection against broken teeth and concussions. The key is to have one made by our Newport Beach dentist instead of wearing a looser “stock guard” that’s sold in stores. That way it stays in place when you need it to and is less prone to fall out (setting you up for a secondary injury after the initial blow.)
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Bleeding, Sore Gums
Do your gums bleed when you floss or brush next to them? That doesn’t mean you’re hurting them. It actually means that you need to floss and brush around them more than you already are.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. If it’s not addressed early on (while it’s still reversible) it will gradually become more aggressive and start to cause deterioration of the tissues around your teeth. Including the bone that supports them. In time, that minor “issue” evolves into a complex health condition that causes tooth loss and raises your chances of stroke, heart disease, pneumonia, diabetes, and more.
Being “long in the tooth” doesn’t automatically come with age. Gum recession — or exposed tooth roots — is usually caused by things like aggressive toothbrushing, biting your nails, misaligned teeth, or a tobacco habit.
Our Newport Beach dentist will evaluate your gumlines at each checkup. If we notice any areas of recession, we’ll discuss possible causes so that you can prevent the gum loss from getting any worse.
Always feel like you’re having to bleach your teeth? Is tooth discoloration a constant problem?
Everything from chlorinated pools to coffee drinking can increase your chances of tooth stain. Usually dark beverages (including wine, tea, and soda) or tobacco use are to blame. But the thing is that our teeth are highly porous. So when they’re exposed to dark pigmentations in food or beverages, they tend to soak up those colors and look darker themselves.
A professional teeth whitening treatment regimen and home care routine can help you prevent excessive stain buildup. Drinking through a straw and rinsing your mouth with water throughout the day is also beneficial.
Cracked, Chipped Teeth or Dental Fillings
Broken and worn teeth (or dental fillings) tend to develop over time. If you have a tendency to grind your teeth, use your teeth to open things, or haven’t had a dental checkup in quite a while, your teeth may gradually start breaking apart without you realizing it. All it takes is one time biting down on something for your tooth to finally give out.
Dr. Yazdan will inspect your teeth for leaky fillings, fine cracks or wear patterns so that you can protect your bite — and stop bad habits — before further damage is done.
Healthier Smiles in Newport Beach
At The Center For Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re committed to helping our patients and their families enjoy healthy teeth for life. That includes reducing your chances of dental emergencies, broken dental work, and everyday tooth ailments.
For affordable dentistry and cosmetic options, call our Newport Beach dentist today! Flexible financing options are available.
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