When to See a Family Dentist in Between Your Regular Checkups

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Seeing a family dentist every year can mean getting a thorough checkup along with a good cleaning. This can ensure that you are taking care of your teeth and practicing good oral hygiene, and your dentist can note if you have developing cavities or other such issues. However, there are times when you should see a family dentist in between your regular checkups. Don't overlook these symptoms noted below, but see your dentist as soon as you can if you notice any of these problems.

1. When you have mouth sores that don't heal

A canker sore or area inside your cheek that you've bitten will often heal on its own within a few days, but if you notice that you have mouth sores that don't heal on their own, it's time to see a dentist. These sores should be inspected to note if they are potentially oral cancer. While anyone can get oral cancer, the risk is increased if you smoke.

2. When you have pain first thing in the morning

If your jaw is very sore or your teeth just hurt when you wake up, this can be a sign that you are grinding your teeth at night. This can lead to erosion of the enamel and the teeth themselves. A dentist can fit you with a mouthguard you wear at night that will not only protect your teeth, but also eliminate the pain you feel each morning.

3. If you notice enamel erosion

You can't always see when the enamel on your teeth is eroding, but sometimes you can notice when it seems to be getting thinner. You may note that the color of your teeth seems to slightly fade from the gum to the tip of the tooth, and this can be a sign that the enamel is wearing away. Your dentist may be able to put a protective coating over your teeth and note why the enamel is eroding so you can avoid further damage.

4. If you have chronic bad breath

Bad breath is typically caused by germs and bacteria that are the result of food particles being stuck between the teeth or inside your mouth, but it can also be caused by gum disease, yeast infections in the mouth, and cavities.

Note that ignoring these problems, even for a few months, can often make your condition worse. This is why it's good to visit a clinic like Thomas Aulsebrook & Associates as soon as you notice any of these symptoms rather than waiting until your next checkup.


9 June 2015

Teeth And Tears: Dental Dramas Of A School Nurse

I have worked as a school nurse for decades. Children come to me with all sorts of scrapes and bumps and bruises. Black eyes from playing football, sprained wrists from falling off the monkey bars and stomachaches from too many sweets are common complaints. However, the issue that seems to cause the greatest angst is tooth problems. Sometimes a child will have a second tooth knocked out when playing sport and parents arrive in tears. At other times, children come to my office crying because their friends are teasing them about teeth that are discoloured or stick out. I take an active interest in the latest dental news so that I can give parents and children comfort and advice. I have included some of my collected wisdom on these pages. Perhaps this information can help you understand some options when faced with a dental problem. Thank you for reading.