4 Most Common Dental Problems

4 Most Common Dental Problems

For most of us, visits to the dentist start pretty early. From the first 6 months until a baby starts teething to the end of their life, it’s impossible to avoid oral problems. There’s a long list of dental problems, and the chances are that you’ve suffered from more than one during your lifetime.

Around 4 billion people suffer from oral diseases in the world; these are the most common ones that people in the United States and around the world face.


Halitosis—commonly known as bad breath—is a condition that anyone can develop. At any given time, 50% percent of the population has it. The most common reasons for developing bad breath are:

  • Bacteria: Feeding on leftover food, natural bacteria produce foul smells when you leave your teeth unbrushed
  • Lack of Saliva: Saliva protects against bacteria and infection. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Smoking: Chain smokers are more prone to getting permanent bad breath because of the low salivary flow rates they experience due to smoking.
  • Sinus and Stomach Problems: Sinus and gastric issues cause bad breath because of secretions from the nasal cavity in case of sinus problems and secretions of stomach acids in case of gastroesophageal reflux

Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can be subtle, intermittent, or continuous, and can range from being mild to extremely severe. Toothaches may be caused because of:

  • Abscesses around teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Sensitivity to cold or hot food
  • Worn out fillings
  • Excess eating, especially sweets
  • Grinding teeth or eating hard items like coconuts

Tooth pain can cause fever and headaches and when not treated promptly, it can lead to swelling, infections and other oral diseases.

Canker Sores

Major or minor, mouth sores are painful and frustrating as they significantly reduce a person’s ability to eat and speak. They’re most common in young adults and only last for a few weeks. While they can happen at any time, most canker sores are caused by:

  • Hot and spicy food
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Braces
  • Wisdom Teeth

Tooth Decay

Whenever you eat something sugary or sweet and don’t brush afterward, the bacteria in your mouth starts reacting to the hydrocarbons in the food. The reaction produces acid that leeches off on the minerals in our teeth and causes caries. Caries, when untreatedm stay with the affected person for life and often turn into cavities, causing serious tooth decay.

Dental caries affect over 90% of adults in the US between the ages of 20 and 64.

Ignoring dental care can not only lead to other health diseases, but can also cause social anxiety, especially in teens and millennials. If you’re looking for a reliable dentist in Bethesda, our clinic offers treatment in comfortable environment. Bethesda Dental Health Clinic is a family dental practice and with our expert dentists, we use cutting edge technology to treat all dental problems.


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