Common Problems

Tooth Decay

common-problemsEveryone battles tooth decay, and with proper dental education, oral hygiene, and treatment, that battle can be won. Not only is tooth decay dangerous, but it affects quality of life, so we take whatever measures we can to fight off decay.

We help patients learn which sugars and starches lead to the formation of acids that can tear down tooth enamel. Common sense tells you that sweets and sodas are the main culprits, but other drinks, such as wine, coffee, juices, and sports drinks, are also highly sugary and acidic. Along with stripping down the enamel of the teeth, these sugar and carb-rich foods and drinks leave deposits, which bond with bacteria to form plaque. This results in tooth decay.

We don’t expect everyone to give up their morning cup of coffee, but knowing what causes decay, when and how often to brush, proper flossing technique, etc., can make a huge difference. At Hood Dental in Denham Springs, we believe a solid dental education and plan for hygiene leads to a solid fight against tooth decay.

Sensitive Teeth

Did you know that temperature actually causes your teeth to expand and contract? This is why some patients experience intense sensitivity when eating hot or cold food. As the tooth enamel wears down, the gums recede, and cracks in the teeth can form, making this problem even worse. Even cold air can cause problems. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, we encourage you to come by Hood Dental Care in Denham Springs as soon as possible so that we can get you back on track and living comfortably.

Gum Disease

Patients often pay close attention to their teeth but neglect another very important element: their gums! Inflamed gums and gingivitis can lead to serious health problems, including tooth loss and jawbone damage. Recent studies show a direct correlation between gum health and overall health. Furthermore, treatment for swollen gums can also provide aid for swollen arteries.

Early warning signs of gum disease include bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, and gums that easily bleed when brushing or flossing, or are red and swollen. The good news is that gum disease is a very preventable problem, and with the proper steps and treatment from Hood Dental Care in Denham Springs, periodontal problems can have a simple fix!

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

If you suffer from bad breath, the good news is that it can be fought and prevented. Proper brushing and flossing get rid of food particles that cause bad breath as they deteriorate. Tip: Don’t forget to brush your tongue—it can be the direct cause of bad breath! Some foods are known to cause bad breath, but a consistent problem could indicate gum disease or another condition.

Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers)

Small, recurring sores inside the mouth are commonly known as canker sores. A canker sore will usually have a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. The duration is usually about one to two weeks, and the sores can be extremely annoying and painful. Fortunately, canker sores can be reduced through the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents.