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The Top 5 Common Dental Concerns in Adults

The Top 5 Common Dental Concerns in Adults

by | Mar 1, 2023 | General Dental

At Proactive Dental, we understand that dental problems can affect the health of any person at any age. Adults are especially vulnerable to common issues such as cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, and enamel erosion. According to studies conducted by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), these are some of the most common dental problems experienced by adults.

We take a closer look at these common dental concerns that are the leading cause of oral pain and tooth loss.

The Top 5 Common Dental Concerns in Adults


Cavities occur when bacteria break down carbohydrates in food and drink into acids which then damage teeth over time. The resulting holes left in tooth enamel are what causes them to become decayed or “cavitated”. It is important to have regular dental visits and cleanings so that your dentist can detect cavities early and treat them accordingly.


Gingivitis is an early form of periodontal disease and is caused by plaque buildup around the gum line. If left untreated, inflammation and infection can lead to more serious forms of periodontal disease. It’s important to have regular dental visits for deep cleanings to detect any warning signs early on.

Periodontal Gum Disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the soft tissues and bones that hold the teeth in place. It is often caused by a build-up of plaque, which hardens and causes inflammation. If left unchecked, this can eventually lead to tooth loss or further complications such as heart disease. Regular checkups with Proactive Dental dentists can ensure that gum diseases are monitored and treated before permanent damage occurs.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay and enamel erosion are both issues related to poor dental hygiene and improper brushing techniques. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria accumulate on teeth due to leftover food particles, while enamel erosion is caused by acidic foods and drinks eroding the protective layer of tooth enamel. Both of these problems can be avoided by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, and avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks.

Stained and Discoloured Teeth

Stained and discoloured teeth are often the result of smoking, drinking coffee or tea, or eating certain foods such as berries. Proactive Dental offers both in-chair and take-home teeth whitening kits to help you achieve your desired level of whiteness.

The Team at Proactive Dental Are Here to Help

At Proactive Dental, our team of experienced dentists are here to help you with any dental problems that you may have.

We are here to help you prevent and treat dental problems so that you can maintain good oral health throughout your life. Whether it’s cavities, periodontal disease, tooth decay, enamel erosion, stained or discoloured teeth or bad breath, our team of experienced dentists is here to provide comprehensive treatment plans tailored to your individual needs. With regular checkups and quality preventive care, we can ensure that any potential issues are detected early and treated accordingly.

Book with us today to keep up to date with your regular dental checkups. Our experienced dentists are ready to help you overcome the most common dental problems in adults and get you back on track for optimal oral health! We look forward to seeing you soon!