Common Dental Problems

Dr. Howard Lim – your Toronto dentist, asserts that the most common problems are easily preventable and that educating yourself is the first step

Common Dental Problems

Dental problems are never fun, but there is good news: Most of them are easily preventable. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating properly and having regular dental check-ups are important in preventing dental problems. Educating yourself about common dental problems and their causes can also go a long way in prevention.

Tooth & Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Common Problems - wisdom tooth extractionGenerally, we recommend treatments that will save teeth, but when a tooth is so damaged that it cannot be saved, extraction is the best choice. Extraction might be best for:

  • teeth that are fractured below the gumline.
  • severe tooth decay.
  • advanced periodontal disease.
  • primary teeth that are too crowded or not falling out properly.
  • an impacted wisdom tooth.

Bad breath

Common Problems - bad breath

Bad breath (also called halitosis) can be downright embarrassing. According to dental studies, about 85% of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame. Gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth and bacteria on the tongue are the reasons that can cause bad breath. Using mouthwash to cover up bad breath when a dental problem is present will only mask the odor and not cure it. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, visit your Toronto dentist, Dr. Howard Lim, to rule out any of these problems.

Oral cancer

Oral cancer is a serious and deadly disease that affects millions of people. In fact, the Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that someone in the United States dies every hour of every day from oral cancer. Over 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed every year, worldwide. This serious dental disease, which pertains to the mouth, lips or throat, is often highly curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages. Here at your Toronto dentist, Dr. Howard Lim offers oral cancer screening services.

Mouth sores

There are several different types of mouth sores and they can be pesky and bothersome. Unless a mouth sore lasts more than two weeks, it is usually nothing to worry about and will disappear on its own. Common mouth sores are canker sores, fever blisters, cold sores, ulcers and thrush.

Tooth erosion

Tooth erosion is the loss of tooth structure and is caused by acid attacking the enamel. Tooth erosion signs and symptoms can range from sensitivity to more severe problems such as cracking. Tooth erosion is more common than people might think, but it can also be easily prevented.

Tooth sensitivity

tooth-Sensitivity--510pxTooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivity means experiencing pain or discomfort to your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream. Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated.

Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding or Bruxism, is very common in adults and can be very destructive, sometimes resulting in jaw problems. The most common causes are misaligned teeth and stress. Orthodontic or restorative dentistry can correct alignment and we can fabricate a custom plastic guard for people to wear while they sleep to protect their teeth from the destructive forces our jaws can produce.


Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, also known as TMJ dysfunction, is a condition that causes pain to the jaw joints and muscles that control the jaw movement. Do you hear popping or clicking sounds when you open your mouth? Do you feel pain particularly in the chewing muscles or jaw joint? If so, you may be suffering from TMJ Disfunction.

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