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You may be wondering when you need to plan a visit with our dentist, Dr. Jason Gladson . There are different situations and problems that may require a visit to our office. Take a moment to look over the list of common problems below. If you would like to schedule a dental appointment in Nashville, Illinois, call Dental Center of Nashville today at 618-327-4422.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can lead to cavities and if left untreated, the loss of a tooth. Tooth decay can be prevented by eating a balanced diet; lowering your intake of sugary, starchy and acidic foods and drinks; brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes; and flossing once a day.

Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth are sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods or drinks, or air or pressure, you may have a crack in a tooth or eroded tooth enamel. Your dentist can suggest a treatment or toothpaste

Gum Disease

Gum disease is characterized by inflamed, tender or bleeding gums; loose teeth; or bad breath. Receding gums can also be a symptom of the disease. The primary cause is plaque, which allows bacteria to accumulate in and affect the gums. If left untreated, you can experience lost teeth, damage to the jaw bone and other health issues.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath is often caused by certain foods, and can also be the result of poor oral hygiene. However, it may also be an indicator of other health problems, and chronic bad breath should be treated by a dentist.

Canker Sores

Canker sores in the mouth may last for a few days or weeks and usually go away on their own. Although there is no cure, the symptoms can be relived by using a topical pain reliever or mouthwash, or by rinsing the area with warm water. The cause of canker sores is unknown, but they may be brought on by stress, allergies or illness.

Orthodontic Problems

A bad bite or malocclusion is a condition in which a person’s teeth do not meet properly. It may occur naturally or be the result of a trauma, or by habit such as thumb sucking. A child should have an orthodontic screening by age 7 so that any alignment issues can be monitored and treated when most effective.