Hattiesburg LOCATION

Find Out Common Dental Problems and How to Prevent Them

Tooth Decay

It is very important that primary teeth are kept in place until they are lost naturally. These teeth serve a number of critical functions. Primary teeth:-Maintain good nutrition by permitting your child to chew properly.-Are involved in speech development.-Help the permanent teeth by saving space for them. A healthy smile can help children feel good about the way they look to others.

Bad Breath

Poor oral hygiene, gum problems, or dry mouth can be sources of bad breath. Other conditions such as digestive problems, chronic sinusitis, diabetes, or the side effects of medications can also cause abnormal mouth odor.

Canker Sores

Aphthous ulcers, known as canker sores are usually small sores inside the mouth with a white or gray base surrounded by a red border. These ulcerations generally last one to two weeks and can often recur. The use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents help reduce the length of infection.


Thumb-sucking is comforting to some children and can be relaxing as they fall asleep. In most cases according to the American Dental Association, most children stop thumb sucking on their own between the ages of two and four.


Grinding or bruxism, can be an involuntary habit. This can wear away primary and permanent teeth, cause dental or muscular pain and when indicated may be treated in the permanent teeth with a night guard.

Other Common Problems that we will be able to address in the office include:

  • Gum Disease
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • Over-Retained Primary (baby) Teeth
  • Wisdom Teeth
  • Orthodontic Problems
We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient.
Phone: (601) 450-6060Fax: (601) 450-6062Info@pdghattiesburg.com
Phone: (601) 283-4800Fax: (601) 283-4802info@pdglaurel.com

Hours of Operation

Mon-Thu: 8:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat-Sun: Closed

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