You should see us every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning visit, but what are signs you should use in between these appointments? In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about common warning signs of trouble, from toothaches to frequent headaches and jaw pain.
Sometimes we could have a brief toothache or case of sensitivity due to sinuses or allergy concerns, or even relocation to higher elevations or experiencing a serious winter chill. But these pass after only a few hours. If you have an ache in your tooth that persists for more than a day, then you likely have a cavity that needs attention. A case of untreated tooth decay could cause an ache, as could teeth with enamel weakened and damaged by teeth grinding. Treatment helps prevent a cavity from becoming an infection that threatens the health and stability of your smile. Let us know when you have an ache or sensitivity when you eat or drink, so we can offer relief with a dental filling or crown.
Sore, Bleeding Gums
Always pay attention to your gums! If you notice soreness, redness, or bleeding, this could mean gingivitis or even the early stages of gum disease. A deep cleaning at this point could reverse the gingivitis, or help us begin to properly manage the disease. Remember, lack of treatment to manage periodontal disease could enable the advanced stage to develop, a stage linked to tooth loss! Our gums frame and support our teeth, so keeping a smile healthy and whole means good gum health.
Pain in the Jaw/Head
What if you have a persistent headache, or pain or popping in your jaw? If so, let us know! TMJ disorder occurs when the jaw joints undergo excess strain, developing into a disorder that could complicate how you open and close your mouth. Bruxism could lead to TMJ and vice-versa. Bruxism refers to chronic grinding and clenching, which can damage teeth and leave them vulnerable to cavities and infection. Often, we can treat these disorders with a comfortable and noninvasive oral appliance, bringing relief without the need for surgery or other invasive options.
If you have any questions about addressing these common signs of trouble or if you would like to schedule a checkup and cleaning for you or a member of your family, then contact our team today to get started.
See Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist for a Checkup Visit
Our team is ready to help restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. If you would like to learn more about when to see our team for treatment and how to improve your oral health, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.