Common Dental Problems and Their Causes

January 11, 2020, Langley Dental Practice

Regular dental health care checks are important to prevent diagnose and get treatment of common dental problems. Whether or not you notice anything abnormal with your oral health it is crucial to schedule an appointment with your dentist every six months to have a routine oral checkup and teeth cleaning.

When it comes to oral health, you must have heard the words “gum diseases” and “oral cavities” many times. These terms tend to be some of the most common dental issues people are aware of. Other common problems include chronic bad breath, tooth sensitivity, canker sores, tooth or jaw pain, and chronic dry mouth.

There are different causes of the aforesaid common dental problems. Let’s have a look at a few of them here.

Poor Dental Hygiene

Improper or subpar at-home oral hygiene is the most common cause for most of the dental problems. Infrequent teeth brushing and lack of flossing can leave decayed food particles in the mouth resulting in tooth decay and gum disease. These issues can further lead to added oral problems, such as lost teeth, weakened jawbones, and bad breath.

Damaged Soft Tissues

This is another common dental problem that usually occurs when the soft tissue inside the tooth gets damaged. Most dentists suggest a root canal treatment as one of the best options to treat tooth infection. This treatment is done by eliminating the infected tooth and protecting the tooth with sealant, helping it avoid further microbial invasion.

Over Brushing 
Enamel decay can occur because of several different causes, such as too much brushing or excessive consumption of citrus or soda drinks.


Physical injuries can often cause trauma to the teeth or gums. This can further result in weakened and damaged protective tissues that can cause your mouth more vulnerable to broken or chipped teeth, jaw injury, lost teeth, and tooth decay. Some of the most common traumas to the mouth include chipping, cracking, and losing teeth. If any of these conditions happen, you are advised to see your nearest dentist or emergency room to take prompt treatment to save the teeth.

Underlying Oral and Overall Health Conditions

Dental infections, tooth decay, and gum diseases can lead to other oral issues, such as tooth sensitivity, bad breath, canker sores, and bleeding gums. Likewise, a dry mouth, chronic bad breath, and sored jaw can be caused by bruxism or unconscious jaw clenching and teeth grinding, TMJ or another dysfunction in the mouth functioning.
Furthermore, there are some overall health conditions like vitamin D3 deficiency or diabetes and autoimmune diseases like HIV can make your teeth and gum more vulnerable to diseases or infections. These conditions can also significantly lower the ability to fight off infection and disease.

The Bottom Line

There are several different causes to common dental problems. Some of these causes can be easily dealt with using a proper oral hygiene regimen while others may be outside of your control and requires professional help. However, it is important to remember that having good teeth makes you more confident with your personality. It also signifies that you take good care of your oral health.

So, whether or not you have any of the aforementioned dental problems, you should have regular dental visit and maintain your oral hygiene with a regular use of toothbrush and dental floss. 


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