We want our patients to see us every six months, so that we can identify areas of concern and then offer treatment to prevent major complications early on. But what signs should we be aware of between these visits? What could indicate poor oral health? In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists discuss signs to need to see the dentist.
We could develop temporary toothache due to cold winter winds, allergy and sinus issues, or even changes in elevation. A ride in an airplane could be responsible! But these aches will pass after a few hours. If you have aches in your teeth that last for more than a day, then you like have a cavity that needs attention. Once you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity and toothaches, the decay has reached a more advanced state and the risk of infection is much higher. Don’t ignore them, and instead contact our team so we can treat the tooth decay with a lifelike dental filling.
Sore, Red Gums
What if you notice changes to your gum tissues? If you notice they appear red, feel sore, or bleed when you brush and floss, this could mean gingivitis or possibly even the early stages of gum disease. Without treatment, this could allow the disease to grow more severe and leave you vulnerable to periodontitis, the advanced stage linked to adult tooth loss. You should let us now so we can conduct an exam and diagnose the issue. If you have gingivitis and the early stages of periodontal disease, we could use a deep cleaning to make it manageable moving forward with good homecare and traditional cleaning every three to four months.
Jaw and Facial Pain
If you have chronic headaches or aches in your jaw and face, this could mean oral health problems brought on by bite imbalance or jaw joint strain. This could include TMJ disorder, or possibly even chronic teeth grinding (bruxism). Without treatment, your symptoms could worsen and you could risk a damaged tooth, leading to painful decay and infection. But with a custom oral appliance, we can create a noninvasive solution that is worn as you sleep. Fitting like a mouthguard, this shifts the jaw to improve balance and prevent painful symptoms.
If you have any questions about common signs of trouble, or if you would like to schedule a visit for a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today to learn more.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX, ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR SMILES
We want to help kids and adults alike with uncomfortable symptoms that may arise. If you’re ready to schedule a visit with our team, contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.