5 Dental Warning Signs

Silence is a major downfall of dental problems, this being as the majority of dental problems develop slowly and are therefore overlooked and ignored until further pain or discomfort erupts.  This further pain or discomfort generally means that the problem has increased, meaning that options which are left to treat the tooth are more expensive, extensive and involved and in some cases could lead to extraction.

Five dental warning signs which should not be ignored

  1. Hot and/or cold sensitivity
  2. Pain when chewing
  3. Bleeding gums
  4. Food catching between the teeth – food traps
  5. Broken or cracked teeth, fillings and/or crowns

Many more painful problems in the future can result from any of these signs and could result in more complex and expensive treatments if not treated promptly. In this day in age, we live in a very advanced world of dental technology where great dental health and nice smiles are readily available. Comfort, function and appearance can all be improved with the expertise at Elanora Dentistry.

General health and wellbeing

Links between poor dental health and poor general health have increasing dramatically in research studies with a high emphasis on dental abscesses and gum disease.

Dental abscesses, although originating in the mouth, can also travel to the rest of the body through the head and neck. In rare and severe cases, hospital admission may also be required.

An increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, has been linked with periodontitis (gum disease).  Gum disease presents a higher risk in individuals who have diabetes and can make the control of blood sugar levels more difficult in those individuals.  Additionally, gum disease in pregnant women can induce the risk of having pre-term or low birth-weight babies.

Prevention of dental problems

To ensure the mouth is kept in the best possible health, brushing and flossing twice daily will allow efficient maintenance of general dental hygiene.  To detect any dental problems at the earliest possible stage, it is also recommended to have regular 6 monthly check-ups.

At Elanora Dentistry, not only do we assist in all dental issues, we also aim to prevent problems and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles for life.