A thorough teeth cleaning leaves the patient with a brighter smile; and the exam your dentist delivers can bring relief knowing you are free from dental decay, gum disease, or something more serious like oral cancer symptoms. But if regular visits are allowed to lapse, you may encounter:
Cavities – Something as simple as biting into something hard can result in a breach in the protective covering of the tooth. Over time, bacteria can penetrate the tooth … what might have been caught very early and easily repaired can evolve into a major repair.
Gum disease – Your entire mouth does not need to be involved to experience gingivitis. It can impact one or two teeth, a full quadrant, an entire arch, or most of your teeth. Some of the symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red swollen gums (healthy gum tissue is pink and firm).
- Unprovoked bleeding gums – brushing too hard or with a hard bristle brush may lead to bleeding gums. The right tools may correct the problem.
- Chronic bad breath – Strong foods and beverages can give you halitosis; if a breath mint or gargling with mouthwash still leaves you with sour breath, you may have an oral infection.
- Teeth feel loose or gums appear to be pulling away from teeth.
Pain or sensitivity – When you bite down, do you feel pain in one or more teeth? Or when subjected to hot, cold, sweet, or sour do you get a zinging sensation? You may need a root canal resulting from what could have started as a hairline tooth fracture. This may have been caught on a diagnostic x-ray during a regular dental visit.
Bruxism – This results when the patient grinds their teeth during periods of sleep. Your dentist will catch this during a regular dental exam, and provide treatment or an oral appliance to prevent further damage to your teeth.
Preventive care in the way of fluoride treatments and dental sealants are available for children and adults.
Brushing twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily to remove what your toothbrush could not reach are great ways to manage your oral health. But to help maintain excellent dental health, you should see your dentist every six months for teeth cleaning to remove plaque buildup and undergo a thorough dental exam. Call the office of Dr. John Morris at 269-979-1500 to schedule your visit.