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3 Common Dental Problems

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth may not seem like the most urgent of dental problems, but anyone who has experienced this common condition knows how frustrating and uncomfortable it can be. Those who suffer from sensitive teeth often have to avoid hot, cold and hard foods to prevent discomfort. So what causes sensitive teeth, and what can be done to correct the problem?

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of issues, including worn enamel, tooth decay, cracked or chipped teeth, cavities or stress from dental procedures such as scaling or whitening. Because the discomfort of sensitivity is intermittent and usually not severe, many people with sensitive teeth believe that the problem is something they'll just have to live with and try to ignore. Fortunately, this isn't true. Patients can find relief, using relatively simple steps.

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, Dr. Alin Alkass recommends first visiting your dentist. He or she can help determine the cause and take action to treat sensitivity, from applying enamel-strengthening fluoride, to covering up exposed root surfaces, to performing a root canal, if necessary.

There are also some steps you can take at home to prevent and help alleviate sensitive teeth. Switching to a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth is a good start. But you can also try limiting acidic foods like citrus fruits, wine and coffee. Brush with soft bristles to protect your enamel, and practice good oral hygiene to promote good dental health.


Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath, a condition known as halitosis in the dental field, can be an embarrassing condition to deal with. Grocery checkout lines are frequently stocked with chewing gum and mints designed to provide temporary relief from bad breath. But to fully rid yourself of this problem, you must first understand the causes.

Popular causes of halitosis include:

- Consuming certain foods

- Poor dental hygiene, such as brushing infrequently

- Plaque build-up caused by not flossing regularly

If you are affected by halitosis, consult a dental expert such as Dr. Alin Alkass for professional advice. He can conduct an exam to pinpoint the exact source of your problem.


What is Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is a form of periodontal or gum disease prevalent among adults. This condition is typically very mild and does not always cause discomfort. In fact, some patients are completely unaware that they have the disease. When symptoms are present, they can include gum irritation, inflammation and redness. Although gingivitis is mild, it is important that you take it seriously. If you believe you are affected by gingivitis, contact Dr. Alin Alkass immediately for a proper diagnosis. Even if you don’t think you have gingivitis, it is still critical that you visit the dentist regularly for preventative treatments.