Six Common Dental Problems and Their Fixes

Common Dental Problems

What are some of the most common dental problems and dental conditions facing patients today? Dr. E sees patients with a range of needs, but she finds there are most definitely some common dental denominators, if you will! Check out her roundup of top dental problems and their fixes below:

Culprit # 1: Ouch! Tooth Pain and Sensitivity

Does pain set in as soon as you try to enjoy some of your favorite beverages and treats? Worn out tooth enamel and exposed roots can cause sensitivity to sweets and hot or cold items, such as ice cream or coffee. Tooth discomfort can also commonly result from an impacted tooth, abscess, or cracked teeth. If left untreated, tooth pain and sensitivity can lead to infection, or even tooth loss.

The FIX! At the first signs of recurring discomfort, see your dentist right away to diagnosis your issues, ease symptoms, and prevent further problems.

Culprit # 2: Embarrassing Bad Breath

Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, usually signals dental trouble that goes above and beyond eating pungent foods. When mouthwash won’t mask stinky breath, other issues, such as cavities and gum disease, are usually to blame.

THE FIX! Step up your dental routine! Be sure to brush and floss twice daily and especially following meals. If chronic bad breath persists, visit your dentist ASAP for further treatment.

Culprit # 3: Dreaded Cavities

Tooth decay causes bacteria to build up in your mouth and eat away at your teeth, causing cavities and a host of other unpleasant issues. If left untreated, cavities can cause unnecessary pain and lead to infection and tooth loss… no fun!

THE FIX! Avoid cavities by passing on sugary foods and beverages in favor of healthier choices. Maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly to head off cavities.

Culprit # 4: Gum Grief!

Does brushing and flossing make your gums routinely bleed? This is likely due to gum disease, or gingivitis, infection of the gums around the teeth. Gingivitis can evolve into periodontitis, a more serious condition that damages the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth. Plus, gum disease has also been linked to a higher incidence of heart attack and stroke. If you are experiencing recurrent bleeding and inflammation, it’s time to take action!

THE FIX! Eliminate unhealthy habits such as high-sugar foods and beverages, and STOP smoking, which can further irritate sensitive gums. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups can also prevent gum disease and the onset of other serious dental conditions.

Culprit # 5: Saliva Shortage!

Dry mouth is not only unpleasant, but it may also trigger unwanted conditions such as halitosis, decay, gum disease, thrush or related infections. Remember that saliva is the mouth’s first defense at fighting off tooth decay. If your mouth isn’t producing enough saliva to prevent decay, it’s time to take action.

THE FIX! Communicate with your dentist if recurrent dry mouth is a factor. Often times, the medications you take can impact saliva production. Tell your dentist what medications you are routinely taking and keep an open dialogue with your dentist to ensure that you are heading off dental health risks.

Culprit # 6: A Less Than Perfect Smile

Are you self-conscious about flashing your pearly whites? Whether your teeth have chipped or yellowed, there’s no reason to let an unattractive smile hamper your selfies – or self-conscience! Dentistry has come a loooong way and MANY tools and treatments are available for patients with varying needs and budgets to help them achieve the beautiful smiles they are SO deserving of.

THE FIX! Schedule time with your dentist to discuss the latest cosmetic treatments, including teeth whitening, sealants, dental implants, and other transformative solutions that help patients achieve their ideal smile while reclaiming their confidence!

Visit to learn more about the solutions that Ahwatukee dentist Dr. Janet Euzzarraga provides for patients with a range of dental needs!