Common Dental Problems

Decay/Cavities

Cavities form when plaque on the teeth combines with sugar and starch in the foods that we eat.  The acids this combination produce attack teeth and break down the enamel.  Once a cavity has formed, it will continue to grow larger and can cause infection, discomfort and many other serious problems.  If you suspect that your child has decay, it is important to see Dr. Parker for an exam.  Repairing a cavity in the beginning stages can prevent the possibility of needing more invasive treatment.

Tooth Decay

Anterior Tooth Decay

Gum Disease

Swollen gums that are tender and bleed are signs of gum disease.  This is an infection of the tissue surounding the teeth and can contribute to tooth loss in severe situations.  Gingivits, the early stage of gum disease, can easily be reveresed with proper brushing and flossing.

Gum Disease

Abscess

A tooth abscess is a pus filled blister resulting from a bacterial infection that is caused by tooth decay or trauma.  If you notice your child has an abscess, it is important to see Dr. Parker for an exam.

Abscess

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