We want you to see us at least once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. But what about situations that need treatment before then? When should you let us know about possible signs of trouble? In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about treating common issues like toothaches or bleeding gums!
Tooth Sensitivity and Toothaches
When you notice your teeth feel sensitive and ache when you eat and drink, or if you have a persistent toothache, then you should let us know. While aches that last a few hours could be caused by factors like sinus and allergy issues, or changes in elevation or cold winter winds, pain that last for more than a day could likely mean tooth decay. Without treatment, this could cause worsening pain and even the risk of an infection, a major factor behind tooth loss. When you have an aching tooth, please let us know right away!
Sore and Bleeding Gums
You should also pay attention to your gums. When you notice soreness, redness, or bleeding, this could be a sign of gingivitis or even the early stages of gum disease. Gingivitis occurs when the tissues become inflamed, often due to serious plaque buildup brought on by poor oral hygiene habits, diets high in sugar and starch, and infrequent dental cleanings. Without treatment, the inflammation grows more severe until the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets, which bacteria enter to cause gum disease. Gingivitis can be reversed, but gum disease needs treatment to manage it and prevent the later stages, which are linked to adult tooth loss. Don’t ignore any changes to your gums, talk to our team right away.
Do you notice pain in your jaws, face, or neck, or headache and migraines? What about a popping sensation in your jaw or pain in your teeth? These symptoms could be warning signs of TMJ disorder or bruxism. TMJ disorder means that strain on your jaw joints is causing a disorder linked to trouble fully opening and closing the mouth. Bruxism means you grind and clench your teeth regularly, enough to wear them down and cause major complications. Untreated bruxism could lead to TMJ issues, and vice versa. Fortunately, we can offer relief with a simple and comfortable oral appliance! If you have any questions, give our team a call.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Your Discomfort?
Our team is here to help bring relief and protect the health, beauty, and function of your smile. If you have any questions about recognizing and treating common signs of trouble or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.