By Jeffrey Cranska
Family Laser Dentistry
You should call a dentist if you experience any of these nine symptoms: pain when biting, a swollen face, broken teeth, sensitive teeth, jaw pain, bleeding gums, bad breath, dry mouth, or mouth sores or growths.
However long it has been, you need to see the dentist for a thorough examination. You need to learn what you need to do to have a healthy mouth and get back into a regular oral care routine. See how modern dentistry can help you.
Q: What would a dentist do to my teeth?
A: A dentist will thoroughly examine the patient’s teeth and diagnose any issues to determine the best treatment. This includes a review of health history, taking blood pressure and pulse information, doing an oral cancer screening and examining the patient for oral diseases.
A comprehensive examination includes dental radiographs (X-rays) to check for abscesses, dental decay, oral pathology and periodontal disease.
Collected information will be used to plan treatment.
Q: What is tooth decay?
A: Dental decay (caries) is a bacterial disease. In their mouth, everyone has bacteria, which cause caries. These bacteria form a plaque on teeth (sticky bacterial deposits); sugar from the diet is turned into acid by these bacteria, which causes decalcification of the tooth, destroys the tooth enamel and produces decay.
Dental caries is not completely preventable. No vaccine is available to prevent this common disease. Without a cure, use modern dental technology for maximum prevention, and limit destruction with early treatment. Decayed teeth need to be treated.
Q: What are gum disease, periodontitis and periodontal disease?
A: Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that surround teeth. It is caused by the accumulation of bacteria (long-term plaque). It’s progressive, causing the structures that support teeth to break down (gums, jaw bone and attachment to the roots). As gums are damaged, pockets develop around the teeth. When untreated, more gum is destroyed and infection spreads down the roots to infect bone. Even healthy teeth become loose, fall out or need to be extracted. Periodontitis is the primary cause of adults losing their teeth.
Gingivitis is the milder and reversible form of periodontal disease. No bone loss yet. If untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis.
Take advantage of the advances in dentistry and your dentist’s experience. Call today. It’s never too late for help.