When you have pain in one of your teeth, or notice your gums feel sensitive or bleed easily, then you should contact our team. Persistent pain in your smile could mean the presence of a serious oral health concern, one that needs immediate attention. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about treating toothaches and sore gums.
The Trouble with Toothaches
When you have tooth sensitivity or a toothache that doesn’t subside after a day or two, this could potentially mean the presence of a cavity. Often, once your teeth hurt the decay has reached a more advanced stage, increasing the risk of an infection or abscess. With an exam, we can identify the presence of decay or infection, and then offer treatment to bring relief and prevent tooth loss. For a cavity, we can place a lifelike filling in one visit. For infection, we could use a root canal to treat the issue and then cap the tooth with a natural looking dental crown.
Sore and Bleeding Tissues
What if you notice issues with your gums? These frame our smiles and support our teeth, so poor periodontal health could lead to major issues with our oral health and appearance. Soreness, redness, and bleeding could mean gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. Treatment can either reverse inflammation or help manage the disease with preventive care moving forward, so you avoid periodontitis and the risk of adult tooth loss. We could do this with a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing. Routine dental cleanings can help protect gum health too.
Better Homecare and More
Good oral hygiene habits could help you avoid toothaches and sore gums, and protect your smile from serious issues in between your six-month checkup and cleaning visits. You should take time to brush your teeth when you wake up and then again before bed, for two minutes each time, and use a toothpaste with fluoride. Before bed, you should also floss to remove what a toothbrush alone cannot. You can also help by reducing your consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar and starch, which limits plaque buildup and safeguards smiles against cavities and periodontal concerns.
If you have any questions about how we treat serious concerns or help prevent them, then contact our team today to learn more. We look forward to helping you and your family enjoy optimal oral health in 2023 and beyond.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Protecting Your Smile
Don’t ignore the pain in your smile, talk to us right away. For more information on safeguarding your smile, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.