Common Dental Problems

There are many different types of dental problems which can cause damage to your oral health and smile. We have provided information on some of the most common dental problems here. If you have any questions about common dental problems in Bakersfield, California, or would like to set up an appointment with our experienced dentist, Dr. James Clark, call our office at 661-325-5751.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, is one of the most common oral diseases. Cavities occur when harmful bacteria in the mouth form acids that damage the enamel of your teeth. Fortunately, cavities are preventable with good oral hygiene. Our dentist can also provide treatments to repair the damage caused by cavities.

Sensitive Teeth

Many people have sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity may be caused by:

  • Hot or cold foods and beverages
  • Worn down tooth enamel
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth cracking

If you have sensitive teeth, ask our dentist how you can reduce your sensitivity.

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

Bad breath is a common problem and may be caused by eating certain foods or an underlying medical cause. We recommend daily brushing and flossing to prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. If this does not bring your halitosis under control, our dentist can help determine the cause of your halitosis and how to eliminate your bad breath.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease is caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria infects and inflames the gum tissue, eventually leading to tooth loss, gum recession and bone damage if not diagnosed and treated. We will check for signs of gum disease at each of your regular appointments, and if you are diagnosed with this condition, we will refer you to our in-office periodontist for treatment.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small sores inside the mouth. They usually have a white or gray base surrounded by a red border and last for one to two weeks. Canker sores are often a recurring problem but can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents.

Orthodontic Problems

Orthodontic problems typically occur when the teeth and jaws do not align properly, resulting in malocclusion, or a bad bite. Orthodontic problems may occur as a result of injury, bad oral habits or other factors, or they may be inherited. Most orthodontic problems can be successfully treated to give you a healthier, more functional and more attractive smile. Please contact our office for more information.