Common Problems

At Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, we proudly offer exceptional orthodontic and pediatric dental care to patients living in Chapel Hill or near Durham and Hillsborough, NC. Dr. Clifton, Dr. Nash, and Dr. Mauney routinely treat a variety of common problems affecting the teeth and gums.

common problems - accent image 2 a young boy is experiencing tooth sensitivity which is a common tooth problem

Sensitive Teeth

People with sensitive teeth find it uncomfortable and even painful to consume hot or cold beverages. Sensitive teeth can be caused by many things including:

In order to find relief from sensitive teeth, your dentist must determine the underlying cause.

Tooth Decay

Even though tooth decay is a very common problem affecting children, teens and adults, it is highly preventable. 

When foods rich in carbohydrates like bread products, candy, cookies and crackers are consumed, they leave deposits on the teeth. These deposits form plaque by bonding with the bacteria that thrive in the mouth. If plaque is not removed from the surface of the teeth, it damages the mineral structure of the teeth by eating away at tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay. 

With consistent, supervised brushing and flossing twice a day, your child’s risk of experiencing tooth decay will plummet. 

close up view of tooth decay which is a common problem
Young girl in op room receiving in-office sedation at Clifton & Mauney.

Bad Breath

Bad breath or halitosis can be prevented by practicing excellent oral hygiene to remove the build up of tiny bits of food, plaque, and bacteria from the mouth. Even avoiding certain foods like garlic or onions can help. Having consistent bad breath can be a sign of gum disease, tooth decay, or another dental problem.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal or gum disease is caused when bacteria-containing plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing. Having consistently bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth are common signs of periodontal disease. During the early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, the gums look red and swollen and often bleed easily when brushing & flossing. As periodontal disease continues to progress to periodontitis, the teeth may loosen to the point where they must be extracted. The good news in all of this is that periodontal disease is highly preventable by simply doing a very good job of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly.

Canker Sores

Canker sores or aphthous ulcers are small sores on the inside of the mouth that have a white or gray base surrounded by a red-colored border. A canker sore, which can last for a week or two, can be treated and reduced by using an antimicrobial mouth rinse or a topical agent designed to treat these sores.

Orthodontic Problems

A poor bite or malocclusion can be inherited or acquired. Some of the most common causes of a malocclusion include teeth that are crowded, missing teeth or extra teeth, a misaligned jaw, an injury, or an undesirable oral habit like thumbsucking.

A teen sitting in a dentist chair waiting to receive treatment for her common tooth problems related to orthodontics.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our practice or the services we provide, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we’re always happy to speak with you! If your child is showing any of the signs above, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our Chapel Hill pediatric dentistry practice so our doctors can provide your child with the necessary treatment. We also encourage you to visit us if you’re looking for an orthodontist in the Chapel Hill, Durham, or Hillsborough area to improve the appearance and health of your own smile as many of our orthodontic patients are adults!