A sign of gingivitis (inflammation, red, swollen gums); caused by a build-up of plaque at your gum line. Call your dentist for a cleaning today!
Cavities start on the tooth’s outermost surface and not near the nerve; therefore, you will not always “feel” a cavity until it is large and touching the inner-core of the tooth. Consequently, restoring a small cavity is better than waiting for it to become large, whereby more extensive “work” may be necessary.
Early stages of gum disease may appear as red, swollen, bleeding gums but are often painless. Many symptoms will not appear until the advanced stage of the disease, called Periodontitis.
Several factors could be causing sensitivity – recession, worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots, grinding, clenching, a cavity or cracked/chipped tooth, worn fillings, etc. Therefore, it is essential to inform your dentist/hygienist to assess the various possibilities causing your discomfort.
Yes, it will reduce tartar above the gum line, but gum disease starts below the gum line, and these products have not been proven to reduce the early stage of gum disease.
Most dental insurance policies include benefits that cover teeth cleanings. After all, not maintaining good oral hygiene will most likely lead to astronomical costs down the road related to more cavities, gum infections, health problems, etc. Of course, every patient’s budgetary situation is different, so we are happy to discuss yours with you. At a consultation, we present any possible costs upfront to help you navigate your insurance benefits. Our main objective is to help you have a successful oral health experience.
Consistency of a person’s saliva makes a difference: thinner saliva breaks up and washes food away quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva, which allows more of the acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities. Lack of a decrease in salivary production can raise your risk of gingivitis, tooth decay, and mouth infections.
If you have any questions about maintaining oral hygiene at home, feel free to call us at 508-362-4885. Our team of dental specialists are here to help.
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