There are a few dental concerns that really should be addressed before your regular dental hygiene visit.
These things should not be neglected because your oral health affects your overall health. Some of the more common dental issues include painful teeth or gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing. It is important for Dr. Mills
to check on dental treatment you may have received such as dental crowns and dentures. Here are some other reasons that you should consider giving your dentist a call:
Decay affects the enamel, or surface, of your tooth. When the decay progresses, it can deteriorate the inner part of the tooth and form a cavity. Eating can cause pain and discomfort if a cavity is present. If you are suddenly feeling pain in a localized area of your mouth, it is important to visit your dentist to clean and fill the cavity to stop it from progressing into an even more serious dental concern.
Abnormalities in the mouth
It is common to inspect your teeth or gums when you are brushing, but do you check other areas inside the mouth? It is important to inspect your tongue (top and underside) for any noticeable sores, lumps or discoloration. If you observe any puffiness or pain in your cheeks, jaw area, or face, you should call your dentist immediately for an evaluation.
Bad breath can be embarrassing, but it may also be a sign of something more serious and should be looked at by a trained dental professional. Gingivitis
can be the reason for bad breath, and if left untreated can affect your overall health and wellbeing. It is important to set-up an appointment with Dr. Mills to check for possible gingivitis or the root cause of the bad breath.
You should ask Dr. Mills to check and make sure that if you are experiencing dry mouth, that is not because of disease or bacteria in your mouth. Low blood pressure, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes are all diseases that could have a symptom of dry mouth.
If you see any changes in your mouth, contact our office as soon as possible to avoid any further pain or dental problems. Our goal is to prevent any major dental issues, when they are brought to our attention early on, the treatment is typically easier and less costly.