Common Problems

Common Oral Health Challenges

As the first choice in dentists for residents of the West Bloomfield area, our doctors and staff are committed to assisting families with a comprehensive array of dental services. Good oral health for you and your family members is our primary goal as it is imperative to good overall health. Whether you need a decaying tooth filled, or want to use one of our many cosmetic services, the staff at our West Bloomfield location is ready to serve you. Some of the more common oral health challenges we can help you with include:

Tooth Decay 
Cavities are a common problem for all ages, but tooth decay is preventable. Eating a healthy diet with foods high in calcium and vitamins is an important start. Staying away from foods that are high in starches, carbs and sugars is also very important. Sugars found in soda, candy and even juices can combine with bacteria and form plaque. This can lead to acids that can severely damage your tooth enamel, which leads to tooth decay and trip to your family dentistry.

Sensitive Teeth
Some our our patients experience sensitive teeth. Eating or drinking hot or cold foods can create pain as your teeth expand and contract from the changes in temperature. After some time, this can erode your tooth enamel, your gums may recede, and you might get tiny cracks in your teeth. 

Gum Disease
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily can help prevent gum disease, a common oral health problem that can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. Sometimes you’ll find bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth as a first indicator you may have gum disease. The early stage of the disease is called gingivitis and gums can be red, swollen and bleed. If the disease advances to periodontitis, teeth can fall out or need to be removed by your West Bloomfield dentist. 

Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Again, brushing your teeth and flossing daily can help prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth which lead to bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic, tuna or milk, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or other dental problem. Regular check-ups with your West Bloomfield dentist can rule out these potential problems.

Canker Sores
Small recurring sores inside your mouth are called canker sores. They often have a white or gray base surrounded by a red border and last one or two weeks. You can get rid of these sores more quickly by using antimicrobial mouthwashes or other topical agents. 

Orthodontic Problems
There are a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments that you or your family member may need or want and Family Dentistry of West Bloomfield is here to implement the treatment that’s best for you. Sometimes these issues can be inherited, like a bite that doesn’t properly meet. Other problems are caused by issues such as missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth, misaligned jaws, injuries/trauma, or finger or thumb sucking. 

Make Your Appointment Today!

If you face any of these challenges, give us a call today at (248) 661-4000 and schedule your first visit to our West Bloomfield, Michigan, office. Or, fill out our online appointment request and we’ll reply to confirm as quickly as possible. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about our family dentistry practice or services and look forward to bringing the best oral health to your family.