Common Dental Problems

There are many common dental problems that our patients face in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Your Highlands Ranch Family Dental has compiled 4 of our most common dental problems for your reference. If you are facing any dental problems call us today 303.346.4495 or click here to schedule an appointment.

4 Common Dental Problems in Highlands Ranch

  1.  Tooth Decay:  Tooth decay is caused mainly by plaque and bacteria.  Bacteria may create acids in your mouth, causing a tooth to rot. When a cavity appears, it causes pain and sensitivity.  Plaque is formed on teeth and gums and is usually the result of food being left on teeth. Not brushing regularly, eating high foods high in sugar, will increase the likelihood of plaque forming.  Having a dry mouth may also cause tooth decay. Saliva naturally washes away food and protects teeth from decay.
  2. Surface Stains:  Stains on the teeth can be caused by the change in enamel on your teeth. Tannins and acids are the main cause of staining, but Chromogens will also cling to the enamel on your teeth.  Coffee, tea, and cigarettes are thought to be the main causes of stained teeth, but red wine is high in all 3 of the above. Sodas are also highly acidic and contain a high amount of chromogens.  Teeth have fluid running through microtubules that run from the center to the surface of the teeth. If plaque is not removed from the teeth, the stains will infiltrate the teeth.
  3. Gum Disease: Gum disease is caused by bacteria on the teeth and gums, and are more likely to thrive where the plaque is present. It is therefore important to brush your teeth regularly, to remove plaque.  The bacteria in plaque feed on sugars in the food and drink we consume, and produce toxins and other chemicals as a result. This causes irritation to gums, which may cause them to bleed.  Over time, plaque hardens into calculus or tartar and irritates the gums more causing them to recede.
  4. Tooth Sensitivity: Tooth sensitivity is caused by a wearing down of enamel on teeth. Brushing too hard can cause the enamel on your teeth to erode faster. It is recommended to brush your teeth using a soft bristled brush, at a 45-degree angle.
    Acidic foods are also a cause of tooth sensitivity. Soda and candy are the main culprits as they contain a high amount of acids. Gum disease may also cause tooth sensitivity. When plaque and tartar buildup, gums can pull back. This might also occur to people above 40, and smokers are especially vulnerable to this as well.

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