It’s easy for us to get into a routine and neglect certain issues that our bodies are trying to get our attention on. That’s what your Downtown Los Angeles dentists are going to cover today – those common dental problems that adults experience from time to time that are normally ignored, untreated, or masked by medicine.

Tooth Sensitivity

This comes in many forms, but is often experienced by hot or cold foods, as you are normally already aware of. Tooth sensitivity is very common and can occur at any age, but is typically experienced by adults below the age of 40. It may be as simple as replacing a worn out filling, but could be as large as undergoing a root canal. It’s a case by case issue that should be consulted over with a professional.


Coming in as the most common dental symptom experienced by everyone at least once is the toothache. Toothaches almost always point to larger issues – with the most common being tooth decay in it’s beginning phases. As the toothache worsens, generally the issue does also. Never ignore toothaches and get them examined as soon as you notice any signs of consistent re-occurrence.


TMJ involves issues with our jawbone and can be experienced with a few telltale symptoms including a locked jaw or a clicking/popping noise created when we move our jaw. TMJ is usually not very painful for many, which is why it is ignored. However, it could point to a more serious structural issue that – at the very least – should be examined by your dentist. You may be recommended for custom orthodontic appliances.

Oral Cancer

Most people do not think of this because they believe they’re too young for cancer. Truth is, anyone can develop oral cancer and the worst part is that its beginning stages involve symptoms that are not painful. It also happens to be one of the most common cancers. Tiny white spots, sores, or red spots cause concern. Oral cancer screenings by your dentist are a great way to make sure your mouth is under control.

It is absolutely vital that you brush and floss your teeth every day (especially at nighttime!). However, we want to add that just because you may be on top of your oral hygiene routine does not guarantee you safe from these common problems. Pay attention to your symptoms and act accordingly.