Sensitive Teeth, Canker Sores, And Other Common Oral Problems

At Short Pump Dental in Richmond, VA, our dentists are passionate about providing families all across the greater Virginia area with the professional dental services they deserve. With years of experience helping our patients achieve beautiful smiles, Short Pump Dental is committed to utilizing state-of-the-art dental technology in an office environment that feels like home. From teeth whitening to tooth extraction, our dentists provide comprehensive treatment for all types of common dental problems.

Types Of Common Dental Problems in Richmond, VA

When you choose Short Pump Dental, you can feel at ease knowing you’re in great hands. Our advanced family dental treatments can help prevent and treat the dental issues our patients frequently encounter. Whether you have halitosis, highly sensitive teeth and gums, or another issue, Drs. Haueis and Christofakis are committed to providing you with the best oral care possible. Some of the most common types of dental problems include:

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, commonly referred to simply as “cavities,” is treatable! Cavities happen most often when carbohydrate-rich foods, such as candy, cookies, soft drinks, and fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth, then bond with the normal bacteria in your mouth to form plaque. The resulting plaque can then damage the mineral structure of your teeth and eat away at the tooth enamel, resulting in pesky cavities that need to be filled.

Sensitive Teeth

Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Foods and beverages with extreme temperatures, whether they’re hot or cold, can cause pain and irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede, or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Simply breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth. Book an appointment with our RIchmond, VA dentists to learn about how to manage your pain and protect your teeth.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can cause inflammation, tooth loss, and/or bone damage. Common symptoms and indicators of gum disease include consistent bad breath or frequently experiencing a bad taste in your mouth. Gums in the early stage of disease, which is known as gingivitis, can also bleed easily and become red or swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may begin to fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth daily.

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the build-up of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and, as they do so, cause bad breath. While certain foods, such as garlic or anchovies, may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem.

Canker Sores

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that usually recur on a regular basis. These sores have a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. While canker sores usually last between 1-2 weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents that you can purchase at your local drugstore.

Treatment Of Common Problems At Short Pump Dental

At Short Pump Dental, our dentists and oral hygienists offer a wide array of state-of-the-art treatments for all of your dental needs. If you’re experiencing one of the issues detailed above, contact our office to improve your smile and your life with one of the following forms of treatment:

Contact Your Richmond, VA Family Dentist Today!

Bringing years of experience to the table, our team at Short Pump Dental in Richmond, VA will provide you with the best treatments possible! For more information on common dental problems and how we treat them, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile you deserve!