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Dr. Shah Explains Common Dental Problems

Patient in Dental Chair Explaining to AssistantsDental issues can prove painful and expensive, but many of the most commonly cited dental concerns can be easily avoided with a little preventative maintenance and care. At Macon Smiles we treat a broad range of dental problems using state-of-the-art technology in a safe, comfortable, and professional environment. Here’s a look at some of the issues and dental problems we regularly treat at our Macon dental office.

Bad Breath/Halitosis

Bad breath can be embarrassing, but it can affect you socially and professionally as well. The easiest way to combat bad breath is to stay on top of regular brushing and flossing. Most bad breath occurs because of leftover food particles that collect and break down in the mouth, so eliminating those particles as soon as possible is a critical aspect of prevention. Severe, consistent bad breath may indicate a larger problem, and warrants a visit to Dr. Shah.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small sores that form inside the mouth and recur in some cases. These unsightly little sores often last between one and two weeks, although treatments such as topical aids or antimicrobial mouthwashes sometimes shorten their duration. Canker sores are generally identifiable by their whitish-gray base and red surrounding tissue.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, as it’s often referred, can lead to an array of painful and unsightly conditions, including bone damage, loss of teeth, and severe inflammation. If you notice your gums bleeding more easily than usual or if they look particular red or irritated, you should visit our office promptly to avoid the risk of the problem progressing to periodontitis. Once the problem reaches that level, your teeth may need to be forcefully removed, or they may fall out on their own. The good news is, gum disease is largely preventable with proper and regular brushing and flossing.

Orthodontic Issues

Orthodontic issues such as over or under-bites, overcrowding, or excessive spacing, among others, all generally warrant a visit to the dentist. Many of these problems are easier to correct with early intervention, which is why an appointment should be scheduled as soon as concerns arise.

Sensitive Teeth

Many dental patients notice sensitivity in their teeth when the teeth are exposed to particularly hot or cold foods and drinks. Extreme temperatures can cause tooth enamel to erode over time, exposing the tooth’s interior and nerve endings.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, or caries, as it’s sometimes called, occurs when your teeth are regularly exposed to sugar, starches, and acids. Foods that are especially rich in carbohydrates often leave deposits behind on your teeth, which interact with your mouth’s natural bacteria to create plaque. Together, those deposits and the plaque produce acids that are harmful to your teeth, and tooth decay is the natural result.

Visit Your Macon Dentist

If you’re a resident of Macon, Forsyth, or a surrounding community and suspect any of the above dental issues or just want to schedule a regular checkup or cleaning, contact Macon Smiles today at (478) 757-8714.

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