By Dr Yannopulos · Published April 28, 2018

8 common dental problems that need a dental visit

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Most people do not visit the dentist on a regular basis. In fact, when you hear about someone talking about a visit to the dentist, you may be forgiven if you think that it is an emergency situation or a serious dental problem that they want to take care of. However, it is advisable to make dental visits a routine affair at least once in 6 months.

If you have any of the following dental problems, you might want to make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.


Pain in the teeth is a common problem that is faced by many people over the world. You may even have tried some home remedies to make the toothache go away. even if the pain subsides with your home remedy, it is advisable to go to the dentist to get it checked out because the pain might actually be caused by an underlying cavity. Toothache can be a very minute dull pain or can be throbbing pain that gets more painful when you chew or bite food. Toothache can be due to tooth decay, inflammation or because of gum disease and it is best that you have consultation with a dentist as soon as you can.


Cavities are seen both among children as well as adults. Dental cavities are formed when the enamel gets eroded and permanent holes form in the teeth. There are a wide variety of reasons for cavities developing – right from improper dental habits, bad food habits, to bacterial infection or plaque formation. Dental cavities require proper treatment as otherwise the whole teeth can get damaged and, might also affect other teeth and the gums as well.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is one of the most embarrassing problems suffered by people. During social situations, that brings can cause low self esteem and lack of confidence. The underlying reasons for bad breath can be varied. It can be a symptom for underlying gum disease, cavities, and bacteria affecting the mouth or even cancer. Some people tend to mask it with mouthwash and think the problem will go away, but it might not be the case. If this is a concern that is persisting, it is better that you check with a dentist and make sure you treat the underlying cause of this issue.

Oral Cancer

Cancer in the oral area is one of the most serious and deadliest of cancers. Some of the symptoms of this disease are sores, or lumps in the mouth. Many people ignore the symptoms and that is when it goes on to develop to the late stages of cancer. Regular consultations with dentists can help recognise the early symptoms of cancer and seek treatment in the beginning stages itself. Cancer which is treated during the earlier stages have high survival rates.

Gum Disease

When you think of dental problems, infection or inflammation of the gums are among the most common ones. Gum disease can be mild bleeding from the gums or it can be severe in which the whole tooth is lost as the gums holding it has been infected. This is mostly seen in adults. Infection usually affects the gum line and slowly begins to affect the other areas of the gums, this results in gums receding from their original position and leading to loss of teeth. If deducted earlier, treatment using antibiotics can help contain the infection at the earlier stages itself.

Stained Teeth

Losing the natural shine and glow of the teeth is something that happens as you age. Staining in the teeth can happen as a result of one’s food habits, smoking, drinking and even poor dental hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing twice a day can help the staining at bay. There are different procedures available in dental centres which you can opt for, in order to restore the shine and lustre of teeth.

Teeth Sensitivity

Feeling pain or discomfort when you consume hot or cold food/drinks is known as teeth sensitivity. Teeth are protected by a solid enamel coating; when this coating gets weakened sensitivity is felt in the teeth. Rather than ignoring it as a minor problem, it is important that you get to know what is causing this issue. Studies have shown that when teeth sensitivity is seen, most people may actually need a root canal, so it is not a simple issue that you can ignore and hope that it will go away.

Crooked Teeth

Having properly aligned teeth is everyone’s dream. Many cannot boast of perfectly aligned teeth. Overcrowding of teeth, or having too many teeth can all lead to this problem. This condition is not limited to children alone, some adults also have crooked teeth. You can consult with your dentist and find out which treatment procedure suits your needs. Wearing braces and removing unwanted teeth will go a long way in improving appearance and promoting dental health.

It is important that you have regular dental consultations, if not it is good if you can start having dental consultations as a part of maintaining good health. Dental health and general health is linked and it is important that dental hygiene is maintained properly.

Brushing and flossing, taking care of food habits, making sure that you do not ignore dental problems and seek immediate dental care from your dentist etc. are all very important to maintain your oral health. It is also advisable that symptoms that might seem common to you should also be checked out, because it could be showing signs of other serious dental ailments.