It’s said that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the second best time is today. The principle also applies to when you should visit your dentist.
Timing can get the best of you. And it has much to do with delaying care at the first sign of a symptom.
Who wants to be awakened in the middle of the night with a nagging toothache? Or worse, a trip to the ER?
Some dental problems can erupt quickly. Others stay on-your-radar for days, weeks, months, and perish the thought…years.
A dental infection, for example, can be avoided if you act when the symptoms first occur. Sure, pain doesn’t always precede what could be a serious dental condition. Or the pain appears one day and disappears the next.
Pain one day. None the next.
What could it mean?
It has more to do with what’s happening beneath the surface within your tooth and connected tissue.
An abscess can be brewing for days. Then, BAM!, it grabs your sensitive nerve tissue and you’re experiencing more than an on-again-off-again toothache.
Feverish, inflamed, red, swollen gum tissue is a clear sign that you have an infection. As noted previously, the “ache” is your “friend” warning you that something’s not right and dental care is urgently needed.
You want to enjoy favorite foods and beverages, right? But every time you chew or take a sip there’s that uncomfortable “zing!”
That could be an indication of tooth decay, a loose filling, or a cracked tooth. Chewing on one side or altering your diet isn’t the answer. An examination, diagnosis, and treatment is.
Early gum disease symptoms can have you “seeing-red.” On the positive side, it could be a result of aggressive brushing or flossing.
But why gamble with gum disease? It’s the leading cause of adult tooth loss.
Your body will let you know if something isn’t healthy. Your gum health can impact your overall health.
An examination and deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) are effective for controlling the progression of gum disease.
The best time to treat any of these is…when the symptoms occur. The second best time is now!
Contact our Roswell dental office with your questions or concerns about your dental health. Schedule an examination for a diagnosis and treatment solution.