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By Laura Elliff, DMD
February 26, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   tooth pain  

If your dental health isn't in the best of shape, a survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) says the cause is likely one of three common oral health problems. The survey asked around 15,000 people across the country what kinds of problems they had experienced with their teeth and gums, and three in particular topped the list.

Here then are the top three oral health problems according to the ADA, how they could impact your health, and what you should do about them.

Tooth pain. Nearly one-third of respondents, particularly from lower-income households and the 18-34 age range, reported having tooth pain at one time or another. Tooth pain can be an indicator of several health issues including tooth decay, fractured teeth or recessed gums. It's also a sign that you should see a dentist—left untreated, the condition causing the pain could lead to worse problems.

Biting difficulties. Problems biting or chewing came in second on the ADA survey. Difficulties chewing can be caused by a number of things like decayed, fractured or loose teeth, or if your dentures or other dental appliances aren't fitting properly. Chewing dysfunction can make it difficult to eat foods with greater nutritional value than processed foods leading to problems with your health in general.

Dry mouth. This is a chronic condition called xerostomia caused by an ongoing decrease in saliva flow. It's also the most prevalent oral health problem according to the ADA survey, and one that could spell trouble for your teeth and gums in the future. Because saliva fights bacterial infections like gum disease and helps neutralize acid, which can lead to tooth decay, chronic dry mouth increases your risk of dental disease.

If you're currently dealing with one or more of these problems, they don't have to ruin your health. If you haven't already, see your dentist for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible: Doing so could help alleviate the problem, and prevent even more serious health issues down the road.

If you would like more information on achieving optimum dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Top 3 Oral Health Problems.”

By Laura Elliff, DMD
June 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

Tooth pain can be quite uncomfortable, making it difficult to enjoy food, to smile, and even to sleep. Fortunately, most tooth pain is preventable and simple to remedy. Once the source of the pain is identified, adjusting your dental routine to soothe it is ideal. Elliff Dental in Batavia, IL can alleviate your dental pain using preventative and emergency dentistry.

Addressing dental discomfort in Batavia, IL is not a one-size-fits-all process. It takes listening to your body and your dentist to find the treatment that is best for you.

Some causes of oral pain include:

  • Hypersensitivity of the tooth
  • A cavity that has developed
  • Infection of the gums
  • An impacted tooth

However, aches in the teeth and gums are avoidable. With a little consistency and care, finding a preventative or emergency solution for tooth pain does not have to be an issue.

Some tips to prevent dental pain are:

  • Brush regularly with a fluoride-containing toothpaste
  • Floss one to two times daily
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet that is low in sugar
  • Inspect your wisdom teeth if you have them

This may be all you need if you are not experiencing pain, but what if you may already be experiencing sharp pain and tenderness, particularly at night?

If you already experience dental pain, there are some simple things you can do to find quick relief:

  • Take over the counter medication like Tylenol or Advil.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm (not hot) saltwater.
  • Put an ice pack near or on the affected area.
  • Try acupressure in conjunction with your normal dental routine.

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help in addressing your pain. Some sources of soreness can not be addressed without professional emergency dentistry.

Stay ahead of dental pain by taking these steps:

  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups
  • Make an appointment with your dentist when experiencing acute pain that won’t go away within 1-2 days.
  • Make sure that if you have seen the dentist recently you don’t have an infection

With these simple techniques, your dental pain should be an experience of the past. If you are in the Batavia, IL, area and are experiencing trauma or long-standing dental pain, visit Elliff Dental to discuss your options for emergency dentistry treatment. Contact (630) 482-7200 to make an appointment.


Nothing grabs your attention like a sharp tooth pain, seemingly hitting you out of nowhere while you’re eating or drinking. But there is a reason for your sudden agony and the sooner you find it out, the better the outcome for your oral health.

To understand tooth sensitivity, we need to first look at the three layers of tooth anatomy. In the center is the pulp filled with blood vessels and nerve bundles: it’s completely covered by the next layer dentin, a soft tissue filled with microscopic tubules that transmit sensations like pressure or temperature to the pulp nerves.

The third layer is enamel, which completely covers the crown, the visible part of a tooth. Enamel protects the two innermost tooth layers from disease and also helps muffle sensations so the tooth’s nerves aren’t overwhelmed. The enamel stops at about the gum line; below it the gums provide similar protection and sensation shielding to the dentin of the tooth roots.

Problems occur, though, when the dentin below the gums becomes exposed, most commonly because of periodontal (gum) disease. This bacterial infection caused by dental plaque triggers inflammation, which over time can weaken gum tissues and cause them to detach and shrink back (or recede) from the teeth. This can leave the root area vulnerable to disease and the full brunt of environmental sensations that then travel to the nerves in the pulp.

Tooth decay can also create conditions that cause sensitivity. Decay begins when certain oral bacteria multiply and produce higher than normal levels of acid. The acid in turn dissolves the enamel’s mineral content to create holes (cavities) that expose the dentin. Not treated, the infection can eventually invade the pulp, putting the tooth in danger of being lost unless a root canal treatment is performed to remove the infection and seal the tooth from further infection.

So, if you begin experiencing a jolt of pain while eating or drinking hot or cold foods or beverages, see your dentist as soon as possible to diagnose and treat the underlying cause. And protect your teeth from dental disease by practicing daily brushing and flossing, as well as seeing your dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups. Don’t ignore those sharp pains—your teeth may be trying to tell you something.

If you would like more information on tooth sensitivity, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity.”