Thank you for your interest in Oral Health Associates, your local Green Bay family and cosmetic dentistry practice made up of Dr. Gregory Gardener, Dr. Mark Glime, and Dr. Brian Koch. We help individuals and families who want to maintain their dental health or those who seek cosmetic or restorative treatment to improve their lives by improving their smiles. Below, you will find some common dental problems that our Green Bay dentists often treat along with explanations for each. If you believe that you or a family member is experiencing one of these common problems, contact us to schedule an appointment today!
Tooth decay, also known as caries, is a preventable disease that can decrease your quality of life, even though it may not endanger it. The following foods and drinks eat away at tooth enamel and can leave deposits on your teeth:
- Carbohydrate-rich foods
- Soft drinks
- Fruit juices
These deposits can bond with the normal bacteria in your mouth to create plaque. Acids that result from plaque on your teeth can cause damaging tooth decay.
Teeth naturally expand and contact due to changes in temperature. If you have sensitive teeth, hot and cold food and drinks can cause pain or irritation. Tooth enamel can wear down over time, gums may recede, or teeth may develop tiny cracks that expose the tooth’s interior and irritate the nerve endings. For some, even breathing cold air can cause extreme pain - which can be excruciating during the winter months in Green Bay!
Consequences of Gum Disease:
- Tooth loss
- Bone damage
- Progression to periodontitis
Some symptoms of Gum Disease:
- Consistent bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs as a result of plaque build-up. Gingivitis is the early stage of this disease and is characterized by gums that easily bleed and become red and swollen. This disease is highly preventable and can be avoided by brushing and flossing properly.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Proper oral hygiene can help prevent plaque and bacteria build-up in your mouth. Food particles that are missed during brushing or flossing can cause bad breath after deteriorating. Eating certain foods and drinks, like garlic or coffee, can cause temporary bad breath. However, chronic bad breath can be a sign of halitosis, tooth decay or gum disease so we encourage you to come in for a visit if you exhibit any of these symptoms.
Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are recurring small sores with a white or gray base surrounded by a red border inside the mouth that last about 1-2 weeks. There are ways to reduce the length of canker sores by using antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents.
A malocclusion (or bad bite) is defined as a bite that does not meet properly. It can be inherited or acquired.
Causes of a malocclusion:
- Missing or extra teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Misaligned jaws
- Accidents or developmental issues
- Finger/thumb sucking over an extended period of time
Schedule an Appointment with our Green Bay Dentists
We are here to help you and your family achieve healthy, beautiful smiles that will last a lifetime. Many of the common dental problems that we describe here can be addressed and fixed through gentle yet effective dental treatments. Our Green Bay family dentists encourage you to request an appointment if you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms described above. We serve patients of all ages throughout the greater Green Bay, WI area and look forward to seeing you at our office soon!