Visiting your dentist is the best way to keep your teeth healthy, but sometimes it can be difficult to get into the dentist to get your teeth properly checked out. Our habits, unfortunately, can sometimes get our mouths into trouble, such as avoiding the dentist or eating too many sweets. These problems manifest as dental troubles that can often cause inconvenience to us.

Here are some common dental problems:

Gum Disease

Gum disease has two stages, only one of which is reversible: gingivitis and the more serious periodontitis. Gum disease is the infection of the tissues that surround your teeth. Usually, it’s painless, so it can be hard to notice. Signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, red, tender, or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, or separating teeth. Brushing twice a day and regular dentist visits can help prevent gum disease from advancing to the irreversible periodontitis.

Decayed or Missing Teeth

It can be surprising, but the average adult has one or more decayed or missing tooth. Tooth decay occurs when plaque mixes with sugary foods, creating acid that gradually eats away at your tooth enamel. By brushing regularly, especially after eating food high in sugar, can help prevent tooth decay.


Having sensitive can be irritating if it only occurs every so often, but if you find yourself wincing even thinking about hot or cold foods, it is likely a sign of a deeper problem. Tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease, and worn tooth enamel can all cause sensitive teeth. You can use desensitizing toothpaste to help soothe the symptoms, but it’s better to address the root concern properly.

Cowichan Valley Dental Health & Implant Centre is located in Duncan.