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What Are The Most Common Dental Problems?

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

A healthy smile is an essential part of living an overall healthy life for years to come. Healthy smiles don't happen by accident, though. Along with practicing good oral hygiene, going to the dentist for regular checkups is the best way to keep your teeth strong and prevent common dental problems from occurring. If it's been a while since you've been to the dentist, the friendly team at Ryba Dentistry wants to show you how easy caring for your smile can be. Here's what you need to know about preventing common dental problems before scheduling your next routine dental checkup.

Why is Dental Health Important?

When your teeth and gums are healthy, you're more likely to look great, feel confident, and maintain good overall health. The good news is that keeping your smile in good shape is easier than it may sound. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that both children and adults maintain a healthy smile by:

  • Brushing twice a day

  • Flossing daily

  • Limiting foods that can damage your teeth over time, such as sugary or acidic foods

  • Visiting the dentist every six months for dental exams and professional cleanings

Common Dental Problems:

Even with proper oral hygiene habits, dental issues can still impact your smile. Here's what you should know about treating and preventing some of the most common dental problems:

  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay occurs when bacteria or food particles get trapped between the cracks of your teeth. Over time, a clear, sticky film called plaque will develop, which can erode your teeth's enamel away. In most cases, tooth decay will develop without the person even knowing it and can quickly progress. The best way to prevent tooth decay is to brush your teeth thoroughly every day and to limit your consumption of foods that are high in sugar.

  • Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease): When bacteria gets trapped along your gum line, plaque will form and can harden into tartar buildup. This buildup cannot be removed with regular brushing and can cause your gum tissue to pull away from the teeth they're surrounding, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

  • Tooth Sensitivity: If you experience discomfort when you eat or drink hot or cold foods, you may have sensitive teeth. Common causes of tooth sensitivity include brushing teeth too hard, consuming lots of acidic food or drinks, and grinding teeth at night. Using a soft toothbrush, limiting your consumption of acidic foods, and wearing a mouth guard if you have bruxism is the best way to prevent tooth sensitivity.

  • Severe Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath is almost always caused by poor dental hygiene habits. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash daily can help improve bad breath.

Schedule Your Appointment at Ryba Dentistry

There's no question that dental problems can have a big impact on your overall quality of life. Fortunately, common dental problems are relatively easy to prevent. By taking the time to care for your teeth and gums daily and visiting the dentist for regular dental checkups twice a year, you'll be well on your way to preventing an array of common oral health concerns, including tooth decay, gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and severe bad breath. For more tips on how to protect the well-being of your smile, the friendly team at Ryba Dentistry is here to help. Contact us today at our dental offices in Seven Hills or Cleveland, Ohio, to schedule your appointment!


Christopher R. Ryba, DDS

Dr. Christopher R. Ryba, an Ohio State University alum and owner of two practices in Ohio, excels in oral pathology and aesthetic dental restorations. In addition to advising the Allied Dental Health Professions Programs at Cuyahoga Community College, he demonstrates his commitment to community service through his work with the Ohio Dental Outreach. His Seven Hills and Ohio City clinics warmly welcome patients of all ages.


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