Remember that time you went to the dentist and found out that you had a full blown cavity? Most of the time when this happens to people they didn't even realize there was an issue.
Sure, TV shows talk about and exaggerate the symptoms of oral issues like cavities - making it seem like they cause the patient pain or swelling.
The truth of the matter is most dental issues can easily go totally unnoticed until the problem is blown way out of proportion and well beyond our ability to prevent.
What Do I Have to Worry About Besides Cavities?
Cavities are the most typical form of dental issue, but they aren't the only issue. Gum Disease follows closely on the heels of cavities and is frequently caused by the same conditions.
When you don't take care of your teeth and gums properly bacteria is allowed to build up in your mouth. If that bacteria is left to its own devices it can eventually begin eating away at your teeth causing cavities. It can even infect your gums!
It's very hard to tell if you have gum disease because rarely does it ever cause pain or discomfort. Instead, gum disease is marked by gums that bleed easily, and a swelling/redness of the gums. Healthy gums will be a nice pink color, whereas infected gums are often red and puffy.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease can be prevented by following routine oral health habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day is usually enough. We can't stress enough how important it is for you to come into our office at least twice a year for regular checkups.
If you come in and we see the warning signs that you may have gum disease, we can alert you to those signs and set you up with a plan to reverse its effects.