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Dental Problems

Here is a list of dental problems you may be experiencing. Please visit us right away to get personalized treatment!

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth contains pus as a result of an infection that originated from the tooth root. The pulp of the tooth is affected and the infection spreads to the top of the tooth, the lowest point of the root and deep into the bone.

Bad Breath

Bad breath (halitosis) is caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that goes untreated. Bad breath can become persistent if you fail to brush your tongue and your teeth regularly.

Canker Sores

Canker (cold) sores can occur on the tissues of your mouth and cause slight pain. They are typically pink and red in color and can occur during a fever or with an oral virus. Good oral hygiene can alleviate canker sores, but topical anesthetics can be used as well.


Cavities form due to tooth decay as a result of bacteria and plaque. Plaque is a sticky, white substance that harbors on the teeth and along the gum line from untreated bacteria. It can cause holes in teeth, known as a cavity, and must be treated in order to preserve your natural tooth.


Diabetes can lead to potential oral health issues because it does not extend full saliva production. The saliva acts as a barrier to harmful particulates and diabetes leaves the mouth susceptible to cavities and gum disease.

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a condition that produces reduced levels of saliva that can protect your mouth from cavities and oral diseases.  You may be experiencing dry mouth if you have bad breath, a burning sensation on the tongue or a lack of moisture on the tongue.


If the teeth are overexposed to fluoride, fluorosis can impact your dental health. The first indication of this condition is stained or dark-colored teeth.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that can grow on your teeth and along the gum line. If plaque is left untreated, this can lead to gum disease. It’s estimated that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults.

Jaw Disorders

If you find yourself grinding your teeth, you may be at-risk for TMJ (Temporomandibular Disorder). Common symptoms are uncontrollable headaches and difficulty chewing, speaking and opening your mouth.

Lacerations and Cuts

Any cuts you may have to your face, must be treated immediately. Cuts made to your nose or cheek may require maxillofacial surgery to prevent infection and further damage.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is unfortunately a common condition today. They can begin as lesions, patchy sores, or other abnormalities in the mouth and around the soft tissues. Oral cancer can be determined if you have trouble swallowing food, lumps around your neck and persistent bleeding.


Plaque occurs after the breakdown of sugary acids from foods you consume. It is a white, sticky substance that forms from a buildup of untreated bacteria. These sugars stay on your teeth and can be tended to with good dental hygiene habits. Plaque is the leading cause of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth occur if you are experiencing tooth pain while eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks. This is common if you grind your teeth, brush your teeth too hard or use abrasive toothpastes.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding means that you clench your jaws as you sleep or as a mechanism to deal with stress or anxiety. Over time, this can cause your teeth to wear its enamel and cause sensitive teeth. You may be experiencing teeth grinding if you have “popping” sounds when you open your mouth, or noticeable dents on your tongue.


If you have a broken, fractured, or displaced tooth please visit us right away. Try to place the tooth in its place and rinse the area with warm water and hold it with a cloth to avoid infection. Come into our office as soon as possible.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last four upper and lower teeth located in the back of the mouth. The human mouth can only accommodate 28 permanent teeth, so the wisdom teeth are typically removed to make room.

If the teeth are causing pain or will cause misalignment in the future, we recommend removing your wisdom teeth as soon as possible. The procedure is performed usually for young adults to alleviate pain the near future.

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Kelley, cleaned my teeth in my visit today, and she was very courteous, funny, professional and helpful.

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