Common Problems

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Our children's dentists, Dr. Julia Isherwood Schreiber and Dr. Benjamin J. Cumbus, have over 30 years of experience combined. Our goal is to create a pleasant dental experience for your child when they visit our offices, conveniently located in Montgomery and Wetumpka, AL. We provide years of expertise and a comfortable environment that you as a parent can be confident will benefit your child. As a parent, starting your child's dental care early will not only help treat current problems, but prevent serious dental problems in the future which may include:

Tooth Decay

Caries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease. While caries might not endanger your life, they may negatively impact your quality of life. When your teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids form from bacteria that begin to eat away at tooth enamel. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as candy, cookies, soft drinks and even fruit juices leave deposits on your teeth. Those deposits nourish the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth, with tooth decay resulting.

Sensitive Teeth

Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or 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. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth.

Gum Disease

Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss, and bone damage. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Gums in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. One indicator of gum disease is consistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth.

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Brushing and flossing daily helps to prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods such as garlic or anchovies may create bad breath temporarily, 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 often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border.

Orthodontic Problems

A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth, or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues such as sucking fingers or thumb for an extended time may cause malocclusion.

Stained or Discolored Teeth

Tooth bleaching removes most food, beverage and natural stains. Discoloration from medicine, minerals, injury or illness may not respond as well. Desired results are usually reached within 4 to 6 weeks. Optimal results may last up to 3-5 years; however, foods, beverages, tobacco and poor oral hygiene may affect results.

Common Questions

Can tooth whitening hurt my teeth?

Substantial clinical and laboratory research has shown that with proper use, tooth whitening used gels have no adverse effect on teeth.

Can tooth whitening hurt my gums?

Overfilled trays, excessive tray wear or an ill-fitting tray can cause irritation. When used correctly, tooth-whitening gels have negligible effect on gum tissue.

Are there any side effects?

Some patients experience temporary tooth crowns sensitivity to hot and cold. This usually occurs occasionally, in the first week. Your dentist can offer options to alleviate this condition.

Will this affect my crowns of fillings?

No. Tooth whitening agents will not affect sound dental restorations. Before beginning to bleach it is important to have routine dental check-up to ensure that you are in good dental health.

How is this different from TV or over-the-counter products?

Your treatment will be under the supervision of your dentist using stronger bleaching gel and a custom tray made from a model of your teeth. Also, some over-the-counter products contain harmful acids or abrasives, which can damage your teeth or gums.

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