When it comes to our self-confidence and appearance, your smile has a big effect on both. If you're like most people, you try to take care of your teeth as best as you can so you always know that you're flashing a dazzling smile to everyone you meet.
However, even if you brush and floss twice a day and limit the amount of sugary and acidic foods you consume, there are still several issues that can arise and make your smile look or feel less-than-ideal.
The good news is that there are solutions for pretty much any dental issue you come across. If you find yourself struggling with any of these problems, consider giving your dentist a call to discuss possible solutions.
Remedies for Common Dental Problems
One of the most common issues someone can struggle with in terms of oral health is the development of tooth decay. Typically, decay forms when bacteria remain on your teeth and eat away at them.
For this reason, it's essential that you brush and floss twice a day to get rid of any food particles or debris that can allow bacteria to grow. Also, it's vital to schedule biannual oral hygiene cleanings so that plaque and tartar can be properly removed from above and below your gum line to ensure your teeth are entirely clean.
Have you ever seen specs of red in your sink when you rinse after brushing your teeth? More likely than not, that sight is the result of bleeding gums: the main sign of gum disease. If left unchecked, gum disease can worsen into periodontal disease.
The sooner you have your dentist address this issue, the better chance you have of treating it and achieving desired results.
We all want that dazzlingly white smile that stands out in photos, but sometimes, for more reasons than one, you may look in a mirror and notice your teeth look more yellow than they do white. Discoloration is very common and is often caused by a number of factors, such as:
Lack of proper oral hygiene
Using tobacco products
Eating or drinking certain foods and beverages
Aging or genetics
If lifestyle choices are the cause behind your discoloration, it's best to quit using any tobacco products, limit the amount of stain-causing foods and drinks you have, and develop a proper routine for oral care.
You have many options for treating discoloration, such as over-the-counter whitening strips, take-home whitening kits (that you can get from your dentist), or in-office whitening treatments. Depending on the severity of your discoloration and the time frame in which you want to achieve a whiter smile, your dentist can recommend the best option for you.
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
We all know that accidents happen, and if a mishap leaves you with a chipped or cracked tooth, this is something you'll want to address right away. Without proper attention, this injury can worsen over time and leave you experiencing pain and a poor smile performance.
Depending on how badly damaged your tooth is, your dentist may suggest a variety of restorative options such as:
One of the worst things you can do for your smile is ignore a missing tooth upon losing one. Whether you lost the tooth via extraction or due to an accident, over time, that empty space will be prone to tooth decay, gum disease, and even bone loss, amongst other problems.
If you have only one or two missing teeth, a dental implant can be installed into your jaw to seamlessly restore your smile’s appearance and functionality. If you have multiple teeth missing, dentures may be a better option.
Let Sorgen Dentistry Give You the Smile You Deserve
At Sorgen Dentistry, we are dedicated to providing the best in oral health care. We provide a wide range of services, spanning from adult general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry and take great pride in treating our patients with the care, attention, and service they deserve. We do everything we can to make your experience as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
Feel free to contact us online to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment with our Oklahoma City team.