Usually, when you are ill, your body exhibits symptoms to warn you. Your mouth is no exception, and with the wide variety of afflictions that can threaten your oral health, the symptoms of dental disease are numerous and diverse. To complicate matters, many dental afflictions share symptoms, making accurate diagnosis challenging without a visit to your Miami dentist. To help you seek the right dental treatment, Dr. Arun Garg explores two of the most common dental problems and what they may indicate.
Common Dental Issues
Toothaches are a common malady and can often be debilitating, but they can also indicate a number of different maladies. Tooth decay erodes your tooth enamel (the protective layer around your teeth) and exposes the softer, more sensitive parts of your teeth, while gum disease causes your gums to recede (pull away from your teeth) and uncover your teeth’s roots. Both forms of exposure can lead to tooth discomfort, so if your tooth suddenly starts screaming for attention, make an appointment with Dr. Garg as soon as possible for a thorough dental examination.
The sticky substance that sometimes adheres to your teeth and along your gum line is called plaque. Most people are familiar with the uncomfortable goo, but fewer people are aware that it consists almost entirely of bacteria. Some of the germs release toxins that irritate your gums, causing them to swell, turn red, and sometimes bleed. Your gums may become irritated from brushing or flossing your teeth too roughly, or using a toothpick carelessly, but if your gums look angry enough to worry, then you may have gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease). If caught and treated in time, the disease may be reversed and your gums can heal with periodontal treatment and improved oral hygiene. If you wait too long, however, the damage to your gums, teeth, and jawbone may be severe enough to warrant invasive dental procedures.
Take Good Care of Your Teeth with Help from Your Miami Dentist
Dental diseases are progressive, meaning they’ll continue to damage your oral health the longer you ignore them. To determine the reason behind your dental issues, or to schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Arun Garg, contact the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.