Your smile matters to us. EnterpriseDental Care
Your smile matters to us at EnterpriseDental Care

Know Oral Health Warning Signs

You may see your Bowie-Mitchellville dentist on a regular basis but it can’t prevent a sudden change in your dental health. Many of our patients experience issues with their teeth, gums or mouth between six month dental appointments. How do you know whether what you're experiencing is a sign that you need to call Dr. Granger? 

We urge you to pay attention to changes in your oral health in the same manner you would note any unusual changes in your body. Like medicinal health, if we catch dental issues early we can keep a small problem from getting larger with less trouble, time and money. Let’s talk about the oral health symptoms you should keep an eye on. 

Do Your Gums Bleed?

Red, swollen and bleeding gums can be an early sign of gum disease that can lead to problems not only in your month but in your body. Heart disease, stroke, respiratory issues and tooth loss can be the result of not paying attention to this dental symptom. 

Successful treatment of gum disease can be achieved when it is treated in its earliest stages. Treated much later it can be impossible to reverse. Be sure to visit Enterprise Dental Care, your dentist in Bowie-Mitchellville immediately should your gums bleed when you eat or while brushing and flossing your teeth.

Do You Have Bad Breath?

The buildup of bacteria in the mouth is the cause of bad breath. Bacteria buildup is due to not regularly brushing your teeth or gum disease. Bad breath can be embarrasing but it may also indicate health issues like GERD, kidney disease or ketoacidosis. 

Are Your Teeth Sensitive? 

Most tooth sensitivity doesn’t need immediate attention. We can suggest toothpastes for sensitive teeth but if there is a sudden zing of pain give us a call and arrange an appointment with Dr. Granger. Your sensitive teeth might indicate gum recession, cavities, or a broken or cracked tooth.

Are You in Pain? 

Pain is never normal. It’s your body’s way of letting you know that something isn’t right. A toothache may mean there’s a cavity. Jaw pain may be a sign of TMD, a disorder that affects the jaw joint. Gum pain may indicate gum disease or recession. The best way to get out of pain is to find out what’s causing it and allow Dr Granger, your dentist, to recommend the best treatment for you.

What to Do? 

Some of the best ways to prevent these problems and avoid an unexpected dental appointment are to take good care of your oral health at home by brushing and flossing your teeth every day, drinking plenty of water, and eating a well-balanced diet. It’s also important to see your dentist, Dr. Granger in Bowie-Mitchellville at least twice a year for regular checkups. These checkups can catch any potential problems before they interfere with your life and require an emergency visit.