Tooth Pain? When to See Your Dentist
Tooth pain may be a bothersome distraction, but it is important to know when you should visit the dentist about your tooth pain. Most discomfort and mild sensitivity in the mouth, teeth, or gums that fades within a day or two is not a pressing issue and can be addressed at your yearly or bi-annual dentist appointment. Here is what you should do when problems with your teeth arise:
If you have a tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods that only lasts for a few seconds, it could be caused by a small area of decay in a tooth, a loose filling, an exposed root surface due to gum recession, or by brushing too aggressively. This is not an urgent issue, so it can wait until your next appointment. Avoid hot, cold, and acidic foods and purchase a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Stop using any teeth-whitening products until you visit your dentist.
Swollen or Bleeding Gums
If you are experiencing swollen or bleeding gums, you may have gingivitis, a dental abscess or infection, or even gum disease. Bring this up at your next appointment with your dentist. In some cases, your oral hygiene could be the cause. The gums can swell and bleed if there is plaque build-up on the teeth. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush if you are currently using a hard-bristled brush. Brush at least twice and floss each day. If swelling and bleeding persist after making these changes, visit your dentist.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
Chipped or cracked teeth are considered dental emergencies, so you should see a dentist immediately. If left untreated, a broken tooth can become infected, possibly spreading to the head and neck and causing serious health problems. If your tooth gets knocked out completely, salvage the tooth if possible. Keep it clean and store it in a safe place. If it is dirty, rinse it with milk rather than water.
Severe, Lasting Pain
Acute or lasting pain, longer than a day or two, should be addressed by a dentist as soon as possible. It could be a sign that the pulp tissue inside the tooth is acutely infected and the decay is about to enter the nerve.
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