The Most Common Dental Problems & How To Deal With Them

Many of our patients report experiencing periodic discomfort or sensitivity in their teeth. The root cause of most dental problems are caused by these common problems.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as caries or cavities, is preventable. Carbohydrate-rich foods, such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices, leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth and eat away at tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.

Gum Disease

Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage, and common indicators are consistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth. Gums in the early stage of disease, known as gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided through daily brushing and flossing.

Canker Sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. They have a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents.

Sensitive Teeth

Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold foods and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Simply breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.

Orthodontic Problems

A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types of improper bites may be acquired. Common causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth, misaligned jaws, injuries/trauma or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking.

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PATIENT ALERT

Out of concern for patient and staff safety, we closed our offices on March 19th to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and were planning to reopen on April 4th.

Late yesterday, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an Executive Order prohibiting all elective, non-emergency medical and dental procedures until April 24, 2020. The order is considered MANDATORY and carries the effect of law. Any violation of the order can be considered a criminal offense. You can read about the Governor’s order at (https://www.vadental.org/news-details/2020/03/26/order-of-public-health-emergency-no.-2) and at (https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/Order-of-Public-Health-Emergency-Two—Order-of-The-Governor-and-State-Health-Commissioner.pdf) We are now planning / hoping to reopen our offices on April 25th, and will operate under CDC and VDH guidelines pertaining to the delivery of dental services, and the operation of public spaces in effect then.

If you believe that you have a severe and life threatening Dental Emergency please call our after-hours help line at 571-575-5790, and one of our team members will assist you in determining a proper course of action.

If you are having trouble reaching our after-hours help line, below are a few online services where doctors can write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this is creating for all of us, and look forward to seeing each of you soon.

– The Doctors and Team Members of Golden Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics


What can I do if I have a Dental Emergency?

You can call our after-hours help line at 571-575-5790, and one of our team members will assist you in determining a proper course of action.

If you are having trouble reaching our after-hours help line, below are a few online services where doctors can write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics.

Online Urgent Care Resources: