Do you think you need to see a dentist but just aren’t sure? Here are a few things you need to be on the lookout for when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy:
Food Packing Between Your Teeth
After meals do you have specific areas in your mouth that tend to collect food? Is this something that suddenly started happening or has become so severe that you can’t enjoy a meal without a toothpick or piece of floss handy? This could mean that something has broken and needs to be fixed as soon as possible.
Sensitivity to Sweet, Hot, or Cold
Temperatures and sweet flavors can cause pain or discomfort in specific areas if there is gum recession, tooth decay, or an abscessed tooth. If you can pinpoint this to a specific tooth and other teeth don’t seem to be bothered by it, then you need to have an X-ray taken of the tooth to find out what is wrong.
Discomfort Caused by Chewing or Pressure
When pressure to a tooth causes pain or discomfort, it may be an indication that you have active periodontal disease or an abscessed tooth. A healthy tooth will not hurt when normal chewing pressure is applied.
Swelling Along the Gums
Inflammation along the gumlines or formation of “pimples” on the gums is not normal. This infection not only affects your teeth, it can also spread into other areas of your body and strain your immune system.
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Then it’s time to see your dentist for an exam to find out how to stop them before they become more severe. Call your dentist for a check-up today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the number one reason a person may suffer tooth loss as an adult. Common early signs of gum disease include gums that bleed or are swollen and tender. Certain factors increase the risk of someone developing gum disease. This article will discuss some of the risk factors associated with gum disease, and ways to help limit your risk of tooth loss.
One of the most common reasons people develop periodontal disease is from poor oral hygiene. Every child and adult should brush their teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. It is not normal for gums to bleed during brushing or flossing, and if this occurs when you brush or floss, you should contact your dentist for an examination.
Other risk factors include smoking or chewing tobacco (chewing snuff). The products in tobacco, including nicotines, tars, and by-products not only cause cancer, but also cause gum disease, increase tooth decay, and decrease the ability of the mouth to fight off infection. If you are a smoker, or use chewing tobacco products of any sort, you should make sure you visit your dentist on a regular basis. If possible, consider quitting your smoking habit. Talk to your dentist or health care provider about strategies to help you stop smoking. It is important to note that chewing tobacco or chewing snuff is not safer in anyway, and should not be used as a substitute for smoking cigarettes.
A final common risk factor for gum disease is diabetes. If you have diabetes, include your dentist and dental hygienist in your treatment team. Your dentist may recommend more frequent dental examinations. Controlling your blood sugar readings will help limit the risk of developing gum disease from diabetes.
If you have any of these risk factors, make an appointment as soon as possible to see your dentist for a check-up. Working together, you and your dentist can develop a plan to help limit your risks of developing periodontal disease. Keeping gum disease away will help you keep your natural teeth for your entire lifetime!
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