Turning a blind eye to minor niggles can lead to more serious problems later on.
It is, perhaps, human nature to put our heads in the sand when a problem arises.
Sometimes we may do this very temporarily before acknowledging that the situation has to be dealt with. At other times however, it can be tempting to leave our heads there a bit longer than we really should. This is what sometimes happens, with some people, when they notice a minor ‘niggle’ with a tooth or a slight soreness of the gums.
At The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt, we have seen a number of patients who have done this in the hope that the problem would go away of its own accord. This can happen of course. For example, a seed or small piece of hard material may have become lodged between the gum and tooth, causing some temporary soreness until it comes out. In many more cases though, this early discomfort may well be the sign of something worse to come, unless dealt with.
Some early warning signs and potential problems are:
Aching or mild throbbing tooth
If you are experiencing any unusual sensation in your teeth, then there is likely to be a problem that shouldn’t be ignored. Both of these symptoms may well indicate the presence of tooth decay. If you act promptly, it may only require a small filling. If ignored until the discomfort is more serious, you may even need to have a root canal procedure or even have the tooth extracted.
Sore or bleeding gums
These are both common symptoms of gum disease. This can usually be treated in a straightforward manner if dealt with promptly. Reversing the problem can usually be done through a combination of an improved home cleaning regimen, and a professional scale and polish by our Cheshunt hygienist. Ignoring these early warning signs may lead to periodontitis, when tooth loss becomes a genuine possibility.
Chipped or cracked teeth
Although not a symptom as such, any damage to a tooth should be looked at by a dentist. A simple restoration may take care of the problem quite easily. Leaving a damaged tooth, even if causing no discomfort, is not advisable as the tooth may be weakened and therefore at risk of further, and potentially more serious, damage if not treated.
Lesions and lumps
It is not just your teeth and gums that you should monitor. The rest of your mouth, including cheeks and tongue can also suffer if you do not take care of your mouth. Any unusual red patches, lumps or lesions of the soft tissues in the mouth should be examined by your regular Cheshunt dentist. Although these may prove not to be serious, they can also be indicators of oral cancers and you may be referred to your doctor for further checks.
If you live in the Cheshunt, Waltham Cross or Broxbourne areas and have noticed even minor problems with your teeth and gums, please call The Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643388 to arrange an appointment.