3 most common dental problems

Everyone experiences tooth and mouth pain at some point in their life. One of the worst parts of this is not knowing the issue or cause. The only way to know for sure is to visit your dentist. However, if you’re looking for a quick answer, there’s a good chance your dental problem falls into one of these three categories. 


Of adults between the ages of 20 and 64, over 90% have had a cavity in their lifetime. Also, if you have one cavity, you’re more likely to have another cavity due to the bacteria in your mouth from the first one. A cavity is a hole in a tooth that develops from tooth decay. They form for many reasons but can be prevented with proper brushing, flossing, nutrient and regular dental appointments. Fillings are the main treatment for cavities.

Gum Disease

One of the most common dental problems is gum disease. For adults over the age of 65, it is estimated that 1 out of 4 of them have gum disease. The American Academy of Periodontology estimated that about ¼ of adults have gum disease that is serious enough to risk losing teeth. Gum disease is associated most often with a build-up of plague and bacteria that has led to infection. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and Periodontitis is the more serious form of gum disease. To prevent gum disease, brush teeth properly, floss once a day and watch your dietary habits. 

Tooth sensitivity 

It is estimated that one in eight people have overly sensitive teeth. It is especially common for adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Common symptoms associated with tooth sensitivity include pain after brushing, sensitivity to temperature variations, and sensitivity to certain foods. To prevent tooth sensitivity, brush properly, limit acidic foods, use fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles. 

If you’re experiencing pain or symptoms associated with any of the dental problems listed above, book an appointment with Jackson Dental. Call us at (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, MO.