Keeping In Touch with Your Oral Health

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Greenbelt oral health

Our teeth can hide their own problems. While the front teeth are very noticeable, and we obsess over their appearance with whitening, straightening, and the like, our other teeth are difficult to see or evaluate. It’s in these back teeth that problems often lurk. The molars’ cracks and fissures provide comfortable breeding grounds for bacteria, making way for future cavities. Our gums surrounding the molars can also suffer, becoming infected with gum disease. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ensure these maladies don’t take root in your mouth. By paying close attention to signs of dental problems, you can take speedy action. Schedule a Greenbelt dental exam if you suspect anything may be wrong inside your mouth. This blog post offers some common signs of problems to help you get started.

Signs of Cavities

Cavities form when bacteria and acids manage to erode your enamel and create a pocket of decay in your tooth. This will cause general discomfort, as well as:

  • Pain emanating from an area of your mouth
  • Facial pain or head pain
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Bad breath
  • Noticeable holes or dark spots on enamel

Signs of Periodontal Disease

Gum disease takes hold when plaque builds up on the gums and the teeth they support, and the soft tissue becomes infected. You should seek periodontal treatment if you’re noticing:

  • Swollen gums
  • Reddened gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pockets forming between teeth and gums

Maintaining Regular Dental Exams in Greenbelt to Protect Your Oral Health

In addition to being aware of signs of dental problems, it’s crucial that you maintain regular dental exams. Only a professional examination and x-rays of your teeth will reveal any potential problems. Even hidden issues will come to light, and be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Why wait for a problem? Schedule your next dental exam today to make sure your teeth are on track.

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