Even if you are one of the rare patients who have never missed a single dental check-up, there are still plenty of dental problems that can creep up on you and quickly cause your oral health to deteriorate before you even become aware of the first signs of trouble.
When caring for your gums and teeth, it is essential that you know when to call your dentist and let him know that you are experiencing the following symptoms:
A normal part of the beginning stages of gum disease is developing gingivitis, which is a swelling of the gums, as well as periodontitis, which is an accelerated form of the condition. If either of these is allowed to go unchecked, they can result in the loss of your teeth. Gingivitis develops as the result of dental plaque, which is a nearly invisible, tacky bacteria-containing layer that adheres to teeth that are not properly brushed. Over time, this sticky layer hardens into tartar, also known as calculus, is able to collect underneath of your gum line, and cause you to experience additional inflammation.
Tooth decay is basically an infection inside of your teeth. The first spot that begins to erode is the strong enamel covering your teeth. This enamel starts to dissolve due to acid that is generated by all of the bacteria. One early sign that your teeth are not doing so well is the appearance of little white spots, which indicate that tooth decay is present but still in its beginning stage.
After tooth decay has made its way through your tooth’s enamel and down into the core of your tooth, where all of the blood vessels and nerve endings are located, you will probably start to experience obvious signs that something isn’t right. One of these signs is new or worsened sensitivity to cold and hot food, drink, the air around you, or even certain foods. If this happens, you should schedule a dental appointment right away. Many dental problems can be treated or cured if they are caught early enough.
At McBride Dental, we provide a full range of dental services that help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums. Only through routine dental appointments and diligent oral care can you keep your teeth healthy and functional.
The professional staff at the San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are able to answer any questions you may have regarding cosmetic or restorative dentistry, as well as various common dental procedures. As always, we offer sedation dentistry as an option for our patients with extreme dental anxiety.
We can assist you in establishing good oral health habits to ensure that your teeth are always there when you need them and your smile always looks perfect.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with us, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a member of our dental staff today.