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Typical Dental Problems
Most dental problems are easily treated and preventable with proper oral hygiene habits, a good diet, and regular visits to the dentist. Southern Dental can help resolve dental problems of all types, from those caused by bad habits to genetic and environmental factors.

Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is the second most prevalent disease in the United States next to the common cold. Obviously, good oral hygiene and a healthy diet can limit the plaque that causes this problem, but regular dental check-ups are the best method for treatment and prevention.

Sensitive Teeth
People who experience pain while consuming hot or cold beverages often wonder about the cause. Tooth sensitivity affects millions of people, and in some cases it is caused by brushing too vigorously, while in others it is a genetic issue. Southern Dental can treat it with fluoride, which also helps prevent tooth decay.

Toothache
Toothaches can disrupt your life and make it hard to function at work or home. They are caused by a variety of problems like sensitivity, or cavities. Most causes can be managed by regular dental visits, and good oral hygiene. Southern Dental can help manage the cause and relieve your pain.

Broken Permanent Tooth
Broken teeth can be caused by accidents, sports injuries, or even chewing hard candy or ice.  Sometimes the tooth can be saved, but if it can't, dental implants can be used to restore your smile. If you break a tooth, consult with Southern Dental to evaluate your options.

Periodontal Disease
Also known as gum disease, this is linked to a variety of other health issues, including heart disease and stroke. It is also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.  Prevention includes brushing twice daily and flossing daily, along with regular check-ups in order to identify gum disease in the early stages

Crooked Smile
A crooked smile is hard on your self-confidence and can even hurt your progress at work or socially.  Luckily, there are several treatment options that can help align your smile. The orthodontic experts at Southern Dental can devise a treatment plan to fit your lifestyle and correct your smile.

Enamel Erosion
Many foods and drinks contain acids that attack the enamel and weaken the tooth structure. This causes sensitivity, chipping, and cracking. The doctors at Southern Dental can help repair erosion, and can also reverse it with diet tips and special fluoride treatments.

Mouth Sores
These uncomfortable sores happen for a variety of reasons. Usually, they go away on their own, and you can treat them with several over-the-counter topical solutions that relieve the pain.  If you have a sore that has lasted longer than a couple of weeks, give Southern Dental a call, and we will get you in for an exam.

Bad Breath
Chronic bad breath, known as halitosis, is often caused by dental problems like gum disease, cavities, and common oral bacteria, and it can harm your social life.  At Southern Dental, we can diagnose the problem and devise a plan to cure it.

Overbite or Underbite
Overbite and underbite issues are usually due to an improperly developed jaw, or bad habits like thumb sucking.  It can create problems in speaking and chewing, as well as contribute to periodontal disease.  Treatments differ depending on the severity of the case; therefore you should consult with an orthodontic specialist at Southern Dental to determine the best treatment for you.

Dental Care for Children
Keep them brushing by making it fun!  Buy a soft toothbrush with a favorite cartoon character.  Also provide them with children's oral care products such as bubblegum flavored toothpaste.
Children often respond well when you make brushing educational.  Tell them about different parts of the mouth while brushing, and see if they can remember them.  Always remind them that brushing twice a day, and flossing every day, will keep their teeth strong and healthy.
If your child develops good brushing habits early, they should have few oral problems once they develop their permanent teeth.

More tips for parents:

  • Discourage bad habits like thumb sucking and tongue-thrusting. These habits, combined with hereditary factors, can harm your child's oral development.
  • Help them by setting a good example and keeping sugary snacks and drinks to a minimum, while encouraging good daily habits.
  • While waiting for their permanent teeth to come, visit the dentist annually so he can track your children's oral development and deal with any budding problems.
  • Keep in mind that the habits children develop early on will stay with them through adulthood.

A Bright and Healthy Smile

Southern Dental’s philosophy of care has always been to provide the best available dental treatment for our patients at an affordable cost. Just as we constantly strive to produce better and better treatment results for our patients, so we are always looking for ways to make their dental care more efficient and economical.