You should schedule a visit every six months for a checkup and cleaning, which helps people of all ages. But in between these visits, you may need to schedule care if you experience discomfort. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about common warning signs, such as toothaches and sore gums.
When you have a toothache, this could be a short lived one brought on by changes in elevation, cold winter weather or even sinus and allergy concerns. But these pass after a few hours. If your have pain or sensitivity that persists for more than a day, this could indicate the presence of tooth decay. Once your teeth hurt, the decay could be advanced enough that an infection is possible with treatment in a timely manner. When you have an aching tooth, let us know right away. Often, our team could offer relief in only one visit with a lifelike and durable composite resin dental filling. We can help kids and adults, and for kids offer options like fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help lower the risk of cavities.
If your gums look red, feel sore, or bleed easily, then this could indicate the presence of gingivitis or possibly the early stages of gum disease. Treatment to manage the disease is crucial, as lack of care could allow it to progress into the periodontitis stage, at which point the risk of tooth loss increases. Our team could use a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and the roots, so we can manage the issue with traditional cleanings every three to four months moving forwards. You also help with good oral hygiene habits, such as daily brushing and flossing, a healthier diet, and avoiding tobacco products.
Jaw Pain and Headaches
If you have persistent pain in your head or jaw, this could mean the ronde of a jaw joint disorder. With TMJ disorder, pressure on your jaw joints means trouble opening and closing the mouth. If you have bruxism you actually grind and clench your teeth on an almost nightly basis. These disorders could lead to jaw pain, facial aches, headaches and migraines, and other symptoms. Lack of treatment could leave your smile vulnerable to injury and complications like tooth decay. But we can offer relief with a custom oral appliance.
If you have any questions about how we treat these issues, or about preventing them with regular visits for checkups and cleanings, then contact our team today.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Scheduling a Visit
We want to make sure minor issues don’t lead to serious oral health trouble. For more information on addressing the discomfort in and around your smile, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.