Common Problems

Pediatric Dental and Orthodontic Care in Atlanta

At Elite Smiles Chastain, we have one, simple mission: help our patients achieve their dream smiles through convenient, comfortable dental and orthodontic care. As a leading pediatric dentist and orthodontist serving the greater Atlanta, GA area, we strive to be a comprehensive resource for dentistry and orthodontics, working to create holistic treatment plans that help our patients develop healthy smiles for a lifetime. Our practice works to prioritize preventive care, but sometimes, problems come up – especially common dental issues like these.

Common Dental Problems

Prevention is always the best remedy for a healthy smile, but problems can arise even with diligent oral hygiene. Here are a few of the most common dental problems, all of which we can treat in our office.

Tooth Decay

Also called cavities or dental caries, tooth decay is one of the most common diseases – and it’s entirely preventable. Tooth decay starts when the sugars and carbohydrates in food interact with bacteria in the mouth to form acids, which eat away at tooth enamel, causing decay. Without proper oral hygiene or treatment, bacteria can feed on food particles and grow to form a sticky biofilm called plaque, which can accelerate dental decay.

Sensitive Teeth

The teeth naturally contract and expand when exposed to temperature changes, and typically, this won't cause a problem. For people with sensitive teeth, however, this can be very painful. Tooth sensitivity may develop due to worn down enamel, exposed tooth roots due to receding gums, or microscopic cracks in the teeth that reveal the inner layers of the tooth. If sensitivity is severe enough, even breathing in cold air can cause sharp pain, presenting a major hindrance to the quality of a patients life.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a condition caused by bacterial infection in the gums. This bacterial infection can cause a wide range of problems ranging from bad breath and inflammation to tooth loss and bone damage – so periodontal treatment is vital. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that starts in a mild form called gingivitis. Without treatment, gingivitis can become periodontitis, and eventually can threaten the integrity of the teeth and the jawbone. The best way to prevent gum disease is through a strong oral hygiene regimen, and periodontal treatment can help reverse gum disease.

Chronic Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Daily oral hygiene through brushing and flossing is critical to preventing the build-up of food particles and bacteria in the mouth, which is one of the causes of bad breath. Some pungent foods like garlic can cause temporary bad breath, but if bad breath persists regardless of diet, it's usually a sign of an underlying dental or medical problem. More than just a nuisance, chronic halitosis is an indicator that it's time to come in for a dental appointment.

Canker Sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small, recurrent sores inside the mouth. They may form on the tongue, the gums, or the insides of the cheeks, and they usually last one to two weeks. Canker sores look like a white or grey patch surrounded by a red border and may be painful, but are not contagious or particularly harmful in any other way. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash or topical agent can help soothe canker sores and reduce their duration.

Cheek Irritations

It's not uncommon to get a small cut, scrape, or irritation on the inside of the cheek, especially if you're wearing braces. While ultimately harmless, these irritations can be a nuisance. To relieve irritation, rinse or gargle with either warm salt water or a 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide mix. If necessary, brush the inflamed area gently using circular motions. If you are wearing braces, make sure to cover the brackets or wire closest to the irritation with wax to further prevent irritation while it heals.

Orthodontic Problems

The health of your teeth isn't the only thing that matters to your smile: the alignment of your teeth is essential, as well. Bad bites (malocclusions) are a common problem that may be inherited or acquired and may impact both the function and the appearance of your smile. Orthodontic treatment can treat orthodontic malocclusions, helping you achieve an aesthetically pleasing, healthier smile.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Buckhead & Lak Chastain Pediatric Dentist

While common, some of these dental problems can be serious. If you think you're dealing with one of these issues, we'd love to help. Contact us today to learn more about the treatments we have to offer and to schedule a consultation at our Buckhead dental office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile!

Elite Smiles Chastain

91 W. Wieuca Rd., Suite 300 • Atlanta, GA 30342Orthodontics: 404.303.7400 • Pediatric Dentistry: 404.252.5900

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