Common Dental Issues

Gum Disease

Gum disease, sometimes called periodontal disease, can cause your gums to bleed or become infected, swollen or tender.

Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the United States and can also lead to serious illness.
Prevention starts with daily brushing, flossing and regular cleanings at the dentist’s office.
At the root of gum disease is infection caused by bacteria. Like many infections, gum disease can be treated with an antibiotic like ARESTIN™
Come see us soon— The longer you wait, the worse it can get. Learn more by watching this patient education video on Gum Disease, or medically known as Periodontal Disease.


Many people are affected by TMJ. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone on each side of the head. The joint is stabilized by muscles that make it possible to open and close the mouth. Severe pain, discomfort or tenderness in or around these joints is referred to as a TMJ disorder. Common symptoms include:

tenderness or pain in the face, jaw and ear
chewing difficulty or discomfort
painful clicking of the jaw
difficulty opening or closing the mouth
locking jaw or teeth that don’t come together properly while biting or chewing

If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. DiPalma who will be able to recommend appropriate treatment.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is very common. It’s frequently caused by hot, cold and sweets. Some people notice sensitivity from brushing or flossing. Fortunately, it is easily treated with fluoride treatments that can help strengthen the enamel and improve your sensitivity. Also, try using a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about flouride treatment options.

Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. If erosion is left untreated, it can cause pain, infection and even tooth loss.

To protect against tooth erosion, brush and floss regularly, visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups, and avoid sugary foods. Also, try using a straw when drinking carbonated beverages or other sweet drinks, such as natural fruit juices, which are very acidic. Remember, DiPalma Dental holds monthly drawings for free dental cleanings for all our patients!


Smoking has a negative impact on every facet of your health, and all forms of tobacco can cause dental problems. Smokers and tobacco users are at greater risk of developing oral cancer and gum disease. Tobacco products cause permanent stains which cannot be removed by brushing; and smoking can also cause a heavy build-up of tartar requiring more frequent cleanings.

At DiPalma Dental, we offer Nutrition Counseling and Smoking Cessation assistance. Please schedule an appointment today, and begin the road to a tobacco-free lifestyle!