It is important that you remain aware of early warning signs that indicate a tooth problem. Pain and sensitivity, red or swollen gums, and other indications of oral health problems should always be brought to the attention of Dr. Larry Evola right away. When treated early on, issues like decay and infection can often be resolved noninvasively. When left to progress, however, tooth extractions and similarly involved procedures may be unavoidable.
In The short video below, Dr. Evola discusses early signs of a tooth problem that should prompt a call to our Depew office for a thorough evaluation.
Early Warning Signs of Tooth Problems
One of the most basic warning signs is pain. If you experience tooth pain for any sustained duration, you should call Dr. Evola and schedule an appointment. Tooth pain indicates a problem – acute or chronic – and should be brought to our attention right away.
Tooth sensitivity may be a sign of enamel erosion. It may also be an indication of infection in the root chamber of the tooth. If sensitivity lasts for a period longer than two days, contact Dr. Evola to find out what’s going on.
Another indication of an oral health problem is red/swollen gums. A small pustule on the gums may indicate tooth infection. Red and swollen gums likely indicate gum disease. Both of these problems can be treated most effectively when caught early on. Untreated tooth infection may necessitate tooth extraction. Untreated gum disease may cause tooth loss, bone necrosis, and contribute to several systemic disorders including hypertension and pancreatic cancer.
Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid tooth problems in the first place. Professionally, this means twice yearly visits to our Depew office for a thorough cleaning and examination of your teeth and gums. Here, any early warning signs of oral health issues can be identified and addressed before they start to cause real problems.
You can, of course, work to avoid problems in the first place by taking proper care of your teeth in between your routinely scheduled appointments. This means:
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush after every meal
- Flossing in between every tooth, from root to crown, at least once daily
You can add mouthwash and other at-home treatments, just be sure they’re both safe and effective before you introduce them to your mouth. Dr. Evola and his team would be happy to help you optimize your at-home routine through personalized recommendations made during your biannual visits.
Are you overdue for a cleaning and examination? To schedule an appointment at Forestrem Dental, please call 716-656-8686. We serve Buffalo and surrounding areas of New York from our Depew location.