An understanding of the common dental symptoms is essential to empower and educate patients to help them regain control of their oral health.
Dental caries, or tooth decay, is one of the most common dental symptoms in the world. Simply explained; it is the localized, progressive decay of a tooth. It generally begins on the outer enamel of the tooth’s surface and, if left untreated, can progress to the inner chamber of the tooth. Dental caries can affect people of all age groups or races, though it is most common in adolescents.
Dental caries begin with the formation of dental plaque that constantly builds up on the tooth’s surface. Plaque comes in contact with the acids from dietary carbohydrates and sugars and starts to dissolve the tooth enamel, causing holes in it. These holes can quickly progress to the inner part of the tooth, leading to pain or toothaches.
Dental decay affects nearly 60 to 90% of school aged children and a vast majority of adults in most industrialized nations in the world.
Periodontal disease is one of the more severe and common dental symptoms in adults as compared to adolescents. It includes several diseases that concerns tissue surrounding the tooth. Common types of periodontal disease include gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation only of the gums whereas periodontitis is the inflammation of both the gums and the supporting structures of the tooth.
Periodontal disease is extremely serious as scientific research has now established the link between gum disease and a variety of potentially serious health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory infections. In short, your oral health matters!
This is the oral manifestation of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, otherwise known as GERD. To put it briefly, this dental problem arises due to the progressive loss of hard dental tissue owing to consumption of acidic foods and drinks (including white wine, fruit juices and carbonated drinks, etc.) or other factors like vomiting, bulimia and rumination. Unfortunately, many cases of dental erosion go unnoticed until early stages of adulthood when they become more complex and subsequently harder to treat.
Studies have shown that prevalence of dental erosion as a common dental symptom stands at 5 to 16% in adults.
This is a common dental symptom that arises mainly due to genetic factors. It is the mal-positioning of the upper jaw bone (maxilla) and the lower jaw bone (mandible). The dental symptoms in malocclusion can cause aesthetic, emotional and functional implications.
Apart from genetic reasons, the loss of tooth enamel due to dental caries in early childhood can also cause malocclusion. Fortunately, it is also one of the most common dental symptoms that can be easily prevented or corrected with the use of space maintenance devices and other orthodontic treatments by our dentist henderson. Treatment depends on the severity of the malocclusion.
A study conducted in 1970 had established that nearly 30% adolescents require malocclusion treatment.