Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them

Common Dental Problems and How to Avoid Them

Dr. Kim Tan

Dr. Kim Tan

Maintaining good oral health is crucial for preventing common dental problems. At Heritage Dental Centre, we’re committed to helping you understand and avoid these issues. Here are some common dental problems and tips on how to prevent them.


Cavities are one of the most common dental problems, caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria that erode tooth enamel. To prevent cavities, brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, and limit sugary foods and drinks. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings at Heritage Dental Centre also help keep cavities at bay.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss if untreated. Early signs include red, swollen gums and bleeding during brushing. To prevent gum disease, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily, and visit our dentists regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can cause discomfort when consuming hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. It’s often due to exposed dentin from gum recession or enamel erosion. Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, avoid acidic foods, and practice gentle brushing techniques. Our dentists can also provide treatments to reduce sensitivity.

Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing and is often caused by poor oral hygiene, certain foods, or underlying dental issues. To prevent bad breath, brush your teeth and tongue twice a day, floss daily, and stay hydrated. Regular dental visits help identify and treat any underlying causes.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a progressive disease that can lead to severe dental issues if not addressed. It’s caused by bacteria that produce acids, eroding the tooth structure. Prevent tooth decay by maintaining good oral hygiene, eating a balanced diet, and visiting our dentists regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

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By understanding these common dental problems and taking proactive steps to prevent them, you can maintain a healthy smile. For personalized advice and comprehensive dental care, contact Heritage Dental Centre today.

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Dr. Kim Tan
Dr. Kim Tan
Practicing at Heritage Dental Centre since 2005, Kim is recognized with the Mac George Strelioff Scholarship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.