Having good oral hygiene practices every day is important for many reasons. It can have an effect on your mood and your overall physical health. Keeping up on regular office visits for cleanings and exams is also important for preventative maintenance.
We are able to get into small areas that you just can't get to with a regular toothbrush, and keep an eye on how things are going. If any procedure need happen, we can get you in and out quicker than if you put something off longer. Overall, if things get put off too long your teeth can go numb. Here's why that can happen.
What Can Make Your Teeth Go Numb?Not taking proper care of your teeth can lead to many things. Food particles and bacteria in your mouth are definitely a breeding ground for disaster. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to infection in the gum line. An infection can spread to your neck and eventually to your heart.
While trying to fight infection the rest of your body will try to step up and fight it, and it can change the way you digest and store food causing you to gain weight, and just make you feel yucky all the way around. Let's get back to what goes on in your mouth.
Buildup along the gum line will create increased sensitivity to hot and cold. This can be from the breakdown of tooth enamel, but it can also be from exposed roots. When there is trauma to your roots that goes unattended for too long that can cause your tooth to go numb. Anytime you have pain or discomfort, it should be treated as an emergency and you should come see us right away.
Most of the time your dentist can do a quick root canal and stop the pain, provided there is enough of your tooth left to do the procedure. If you let it go without immediate attention your tooth can die. You will then need to have that tooth pulled and have a bridge put in its place. Leaving a space will just be the start of other problems.
We cannot stress enough that good oral hygiene practices every day is truly important. Brushing twice a day is going to remove the majority of bacteria on surface areas, so it's important that you do this for at least two minutes.
Flossing once a day will get in between teeth and up by the gum line where your toothbrush can't get to. Finally coming in for cleanings every six months allows us to get to the areas you just can't get to.
In the office, we have the right tools to find areas of concern and to do cleaning at a much better angle. We encourage you to take things seriously when you start to feel any pain. Our mission is to make sure you keep your adult teeth as long as possible.
Please call us for your regular six-month checkup. If you have any reason for concern call us and get in as soon as possible. We really do want you at your best.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 822-0262 today.