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Why Oral Health Symptoms Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Cypress DDSThere are many oral conditions that require professional help for resolution. If you choose to ignore a symptom, the result can be costly and time consuming dental care. Patients that opt for regularly scheduled visits with their dentist are aware of the importance of taking care of their teeth, but even the most diligent individual can develop symptoms that should not be ignored.

Swollen, red or bleeding gums – Healthy gum tissue is firm and pink. If gums bleed without provocation, you may be dealing with gingivitis, the onset of gum disease. If your gums are bleeding due to a heavy hand when brushing or using a hard bristle toothbrush, you might invest in an electronic toothbrush that allows for more even pressure.

Chronic bad breath – Strong foods or beverages can lead to bad breath; but if a breath mint or mouthwash does not provide a solution, you may have a more serious problem in the making. Infection can lead to a sour smell – you may require an antibiotic or further treatment may be needed.

Discomfort – Gum disease can affect one tooth or many. But a toothache may also mean you have dental decay, a crack in a tooth, or infection. If discomfort persists, don’t let it go untreated allowing a small problem to become a bigger issue.

Sensitivity – Many suffer from sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods.This can occur due to gum recession or worn dental enamel. One solution is to use a toothpaste designed to help control the problem. But sensitivity can also be a symptom of a more serious condition … a cracked tooth or deep decay. A root canal may be required.

Mouth or lip sores – There can be many reasons why you may be dealing with a lesion, but if you use tobacco or the sore does not go away, see your dentist for a diagnosis. This dental visit could actually be life saving.

Healthy teeth and gums can impact your quality of your life. If teeth are broken or missing, or you are in pain, day to day living is difficult. Food choices become limited or you may be embarrassed to open your mouth in public. A visit to the dentist can correct existing problems; daily oral maintenance coupled with regular dental visits going forward are good preventive steps for healthy teeth and gums.

Is flossing really that important?

dentist Cypress TXYou brush twice a day and visit the dentist every six months. You’ve been curtailing sweet treat and junk food consumption, and have limited the number of sodas you enjoy to special occasions. So is flossing really that important to your dental health? The short answer is yes … absolutely.

When done correctly, flossing is beneficial for invigorating healthy gum tissue. Flossing in between all teeth will remove food particles that your toothbrush did not reach. This is important to help keep plaque build-up to a minimum.

Everyone has a certain amount of bacteria in their mouth. Many of the foods we eat and beverages we drink contain sugar or carbohydrates that cling to bacteria on teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are needed to remove as much bacteria as possible. What is not removed will harden forming plaque on teeth.

Plaque starts out as a sticky substance; once it hardens it is no longer removable with your toothbrush or dental floss. Plaque buildup can lead to dental decay and/or gum disease. It is easy to see why flossing and brushing are so important to your dental health.

Dental Decay – Bacteria can damage enamel, the protective covering of a tooth; when the enamel is breached, a cavity can form.

Gum Disease – The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Symptoms can include bleeding or swollen gums; chronic bad breath; receding gum tissue. The more serious gum disease condition is periodontitis – teeth appear to be pulling away from gums or may even feel loose … a visit with the dentist is needed right away.

Advanced gum disease can impact more than just your gums … the bones that hold your teeth in place can also be affected. Tooth loss can occur without immediate and proper care. That might include root planing and scaling where the dentist will remove plaque that has formed below the gum line.

Dental floss comes in many varieties … waxed, plain, flavored, floss tape, or floss picks. Your dentist can demonstrate the correct way to use floss for maximum benefit.

In addition to flossing every day, you should brush your teeth at least twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste. Visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning, polishing, and dental exam. Some patients may require more frequent dental visits to maintain optimum dental health.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaining, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866.