Over the years, the experienced dentists here at Knollwood Dental Group have encountered every possible dental problem.  In addition to expected issues such as cavities, there are many other problems which can plague the teeth, gums, and mouth.  If you are experiencing any of the following problems, do not hesitate to contact us for an appointment.  We will help you get back to excellent oral health.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is one of the most common problems faced by our patients at Knollwood.  Over time, tooth decay can cause teeth to discolor and deteriorate, essentially breaking down the structure of the teeth.  Starches and sugars in your food can turn into acids which coat the teeth, eating away at the enamel and causing eventual decay.  These acids combine with bacteria in your mouth to form harmful plaque.

Fortunately, tooth decay is a fully preventable problem, and is best battled with frequent brushing, flossing, and the use of mouthwash.

Gum Disease

Gum disease results from a buildup of plaque along the teeth and gums.  The early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, can cause the gums to become swollen and irritated and bleed easily, particularly during brushing.  Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth may be an early indication of gum disease in a patient.  Untreated, gum disease can progress to increased inflammation and eventually to periodontitis, which may result in tooth loss and bone damage.  Like tooth decay, gum disease is preventable and a major factor in avoiding the disease lies in frequent, proper brushing and flossing.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are a common complaint, particularly in younger patients.  These are small, red sores inside the mouth, generally found on the inside cheeks or near the gum line.  Canker sores last roughly one to two weeks, and can be quite irritating and painful.  To keep these at bay or shorten their lifespan, certain antimicrobial mouthwashes are recommended.  Over-the-counter topical agents can also be useful.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Halitosis, or common bad breath, is often caused by a build-up of plaque, bacteria, and deteriorated food particles within the mouth.  While proper daily brushing and flossing will help keep most bad breath problems at bay, bad breath can also be a sign of gum disease or another issue.  You should contact your dentist if you have any concerns.