Most of you probably visit the dentist every six months for your cleanings and exams. But cleanings and exams are not the only time you should see the dentist.
Most of you probably visit the dentist every six months for your cleanings and exams. But cleanings and examinations are not the only time you should see the dentist. If you notice any of the following issues, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can.
Saliva is our bodies natural cavity fighter, and if you suffer from dry mouth, you’re at an increased risk of developing cavities. If your mouth feels dry, be sure to contact your dentist to discuss what may be causing this issue.
Pain or Sensitivity
Pain or sensitivity should not be ignored. These feelings may be a sign of dental health issues. The earlier you can treat them, the more manageable they are.
Common dental restorations such as crowns, fillings or dentures should be monitored to make sure there are no issues.
Gums that bleed, are inflamed, or bright red should be checked out by your dentist. Even individuals that have a family history of gum disease can benefit from frequent visits to monitor their gums.
If something doesn’t seem right
Besides the above issues, if you ever feel like something is not right, you should contact your dentist. It is much better to be safe and let your dentist check for any issues rather than just ignoring them.
If you would like to read more reasons why you should see the dentist, this article is a good reference.
If you are due for a cleaning or notice any dental issues, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
Although gingivitis and advanced periodontitis both affect your gums, they are two different health issues.
Your teeth are held in position by a number of things including bone tissue, ligaments, and your gums. If you do not properly care for your teeth, plaque can begin to form around your gums. Your gums begin to retreat and create “pockets.” These pockets allow for more bacteria to build up. This is gingivitis.
There are different severities of gingivitis, which is tested by measuring the deepness of the pockets around your teeth. You generally want pockets that are 1-3mm deep. Your pockets will be deeper if you have an infection.
Gingivitis, if left untreated, can form advanced periodontitis. Advanced periodontitis occurs when plaque and tartar infect your gums and begin to deteriorate the soft tissue that supports your teeth. If you do not treat advanced periodontitis, it can begin affecting the bone of your tooth. When this happens, the tooth is at risk of needing an extraction.
For minor plaque buildup, your dentist will be able to clean away the bacteria before it advances. If you are in a more advanced stage, a procedure called “scaling and root planing” will be done to clean around the gums and below your gums to remove tartar.
If you have any questions about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aerni in Strongsville, OH.
Are your gums in a healthy state or are you suffering from gum disease? This is something that you need to know the answer to, but probably don’t.
Unless you have been diagnosed by your dentist, you probably don’t know if you are suffering from some form of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) or not. The reason for this, is that periodontal disease does not present many signs or symptoms. The few you can look for include unexplained bleeding while brushing or flossing, and your gums appearing bright red and inflamed.
If you notice either of the above signs, you should schedule a dental appointment ASAP. Your dentist’s office will have specialized tools to determine the health of your gums. Additionally, these tools will determine how far your gum disease has developed and what treatment is necessary. The earlier you catch gum disease, the better off you will be, as, if you let gum disease develop too far, it will not be able to be fully cured. Your dentist will be able to put together a personalized treatment plan to improve the overall health and wellness of your gums. Please note that a treatment plan may include the work of a periodontist.
Determining if you have periodontal disease, and receiving necessary treatment, is critical for your oral health. Along with this, gum disease has been associated with many other diseases including:
As with any health issues, you are better off preventing periodontal disease from ever forming. Gum disease can be usually avoided by following instructions below:
- Brush twice per day for two minutes
- Floss daily
- Brush your tongue, roof of your mouth, and gums
- Use mouthwash
If gum disease does develop, there is treatment available. In our next blog post, Dr. Aerni will examine exactly what a deep cleaning is and what it entails.
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