Common Problems

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 Common Dental Problems

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as caries or cavities results when sugar-rich foods, such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices, leave deposits on your teeth. These deposits bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and this forms plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth and eat away at tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.


Tooth decay can be prevented if good oral hygiene habits are established early and you visit your local dentist regularly for dental cleanings and exams.

Sensitive Teeth

Hot and cold foods and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth, as teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Over time, this can cause tooth enamel to be worn down, gums to recede, or teeth to develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings.


Dr. Goyal can restore sensitive teeth that have been damaged by exposure to extreme temperatures with treatments like dental crowns, dental bonding, and veneers.
 

Gum Disease

Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.


If you are concerned that your bad breath may be caused by a more serious dental issue, contact Columbia Family Dentist to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
 


Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.


If you are concerned that your bad breath may be caused by a more serious dental issue, contact Columbia Family Dentist to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.
 

Canker Sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. They have a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents.


Contact us if you having any concerns regarding your canker sores and our expert dental staff would be happy to help.
 

Orthodontic Problems

A main orthodontic issue is a bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion). A malocclusion can be inherited, or some types of improper bites may be acquired. Common causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth, misaligned jaws, injuries/trauma or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking.


At Columbia Family Dentist, you can realign your bite through straightening your teeth with Invisalign. Invisalign is a series of removable clear aligners worn over your teeth to offer a more discreet orthodontic treatment. As your Columbia, MD Invisalign specialist, Dr, Goyal can evaluate if Invisalign is right for you.

Contact Your Columbia, MD Dentist

If you believe you are experiencing any of these common dental problems and are seeking treatment, contact us to book an appointment to visit our Columbia, MD office. Dr. Goyal would be happy to evaluate your current dental condition and determine the best course of treatment for you!