Common Problems with Teeth and Gums

Dentist examining oral health problems in patient.

Dentist examining oral health problems in patient.

There’s a lot that can go wrong with our oral health. Many of the most common problems will give you a bit of warning before fully developing; presenting with various degrees of symptoms as the illness progresses. Below, are some of the most commonly reported dental issues and the symptoms they usually show.

Tooth sensitivity: Teeth have a protective layer as an outer shell known as ‘enamel’; when this is too thin, that tooth will often become far more sensitive to extreme temperatures of foods and beverages as well as the impact on it from chewing. With proper daily care of your teeth, and a Tulsa teeth cleaning from your Tulsa dentist, tooth sensitivity can be treated or handled.

Toothaches: There are several things that can cause toothaches, but the most common source is from tooth decay. In the case of persisting toothaches, you want to see your Tulsa dentist as soon as possible so that they can treat the underlying issue.

Enamel erosion: Everyday use of your teeth puts wear and tear on their enamel. Thanks to remineralization and fluoride dental products, this is less of a problem than it used to be. Even so, chewing hard foods (anything as hard as ice is terrible for your enamel) or letting sugar sit on your teeth can still lead to significant enamel erosion.

Tooth decay: When enamel erosion has grown severe enough, the risk of infection becomes all but assured. At this stage, there will be cavities forming in the affected tooth, and it will most likely be very sensitive and aching. If this occurs, see your Tulsa dentist for a Tulsa teeth cleaning as soon as possible so they can treat the cavity and seal your tooth.

Receding gum-line: As tartar builds up on your teeth, the bacterial colonies will force your gum tissue away from the tooth. If this is allowed to continue, the bacteria will work their way down past the gum line and can cause dangerous infections. Specifically, this can lead to gum disease. Since we cannot remove tartar by ourselves, it’s essential to go in for a Tulsa teeth cleaning if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Bleeding Gums: This can be an indication of gum disease, but it can also show up before things have reached that stage. When your mouth is losing its battle against bacteria, the increased number of colonies irritate the tissue of your gums and cause it to swell. If ignored, this can lead to full-scale gum disease.

Gum disease: Gum disease comes in three forms, an early, middle, and advanced stage. These stages, in order, are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. The initial stage is characterized by swelling and light bleeding. The second stage shows increases in both of these symptoms and the addition of infection spreading beneath the gumlines and into the bone structure of your mouth. The final stage occurs when the bone and fibers that support your teeth are damaged beyond repair. As you can imagine, you really want to avoid getting to that last stage. Have your Tulsa dentist check it out as soon as you spot the symptoms.


If you experience any of these symptoms, or simply haven’t had a Tulsa teeth cleaning in a while, schedule an appointment today and let the experts at Tulsa Modern Dental safeguard your health.