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Toothaches are associated with pain and discomfort, which can make it difficult to bite and chew food. Since a toothache can be a sign of tooth decay, gum disease, or another oral health concern, it is important to see a dentist so the problem can be identified and treated before it progresses. During a dental exam, the dentist can determine what is causing the toothache and treat the problem. At Park Crossing Dentistry, Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell are your South Charlotte, NC, dentists for treating toothaches.
Causes of Toothaches
There are several possible causes of toothaches. In some cases, a toothache is a sign of a more serious oral health problem, such as the formation of an abscess below the affected tooth. Your South Charlotte, NC, dentist can identify the cause of the toothache and recommend the appropriate course of treatment. A toothache can be caused by any of the following conditions or habits:
- Clenching or grinding the teeth frequently
- An abscess below the affected tooth
- An impacted wisdom tooth
- Damaged dental fillings
- A fractured tooth
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
The method or procedure used to treat your toothache will depend on what is causing the toothache. Toothaches due to decay can be treated by removing infected areas inside the tooth, cleaning out the tooth, and filling it it with dental filling. The tooth will be restored and the aching will subside. A similar procedure is performed to treat an abscessed tooth. Infected areas inside the tooth and root are removed. The tooth is then cleaned and filled in.
Once the source of the toothache is treated, the aching will diminish. Toothaches caused by impacted teeth can be treated by extracting the tooth. Aches caused by damaged dental fillings can be treated by replacing the filling. In cases of fractured teeth, once the fracture is repaired, the toothache should stop. For toothaches caused by frequent grinding or clenching of the teeth, mouth guards can be worn to protect the teeth from excess wear and tear, which can help the aching to subside. A dentist can determine what type of treatment is needed in your case.
A toothache can be caused by several different factors or conditions. Whether your toothache is caused by tooth decay, a fracture, or some other factor, see a dentist for relief from the pain and discomfort. For treatment of your toothache, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bateman, Dr. Neubauer, or Dr. Powell, your South Charlotte, NC, dentists, by calling Park Crossing Dentistry at (704) 541-5059.
Your health is a crucial part of living a long and happy life. Eating healthy foods and staying active are priorities for many people all over the world. However, oral health is often overlooked as part of overall health, with many people skipping their regular dental examinations and cleanings altogether. Preventative care can help you keep your teeth healthy and clean and ensure that the physical condition of your teeth and general well-being remain in top shape. Find out more about preventative dental care and why it is crucial to your oral health with Dr. Richard Bateman, Dr. Joshua Neubauer, and Dr. Emerald Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in Charlotte, NC.
What does preventive dental care include?
The best way to fend off tooth decay and gum disease is with a strong at-home oral care routine coupled with routine examinations and cleanings at your dentist’s office. At home, you should care for your teeth by brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each session. In addition to brushing, floss between each tooth at least one time per day.
How often should I see my dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends seeing your dentist every six months, for routine examinations and professional cleanings. These appointments give you the opportunity to address any questions or concerns you have about your oral care routine and allow your dentist to ensure that your smile is free from teeth decay and gum disease. Additionally, regular visits to your dentist allow for early detection of oral problems like teeth decay, gum disease, and even oral cancer, which are treated with less invasive procedures in their earliest stages.
What can I expect during a routine dental examination and professional cleaning?
Your dentist will visually examine your teeth and search for signs of tooth decay, such as cavities, and symptoms of gum disease like swollen, irritated gums. If they find issues such as minor cavities, they are sometimes treated right away during your visit. If gum disease or more advanced tooth decay is found, a follow-up visit can be scheduled to treat the problem. Issues discovered earlier can be better managed, which is why preventive visits are so important.
Preventative Dental Care in Charlotte, NC
For more information on preventative dental care, please contact Dr. Bateman, Dr. Neubauer, and Dr. Powell at Park Crossing Dentistry in Charlotte, NC. Call (704) 541-5059 to schedule your appointment for an exam and cleaning with your dentist today!
Dental plaque is a sticky material that forms on and between tooth surfaces above the gums, along the gum line, and below the gum line on the roots of the teeth. When you eat, the bacteria in plaque use the sugars in your food to produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel.
Why is it so important to control plaque? Because the excess buildup of plaque can lead to a variety of destructive dental issues, including gum disease, cavities and bone loss.
With plaque being an ongoing threat, good oral hygiene must be a continuous effort. Brushing and flossing twice a day is essential in preventing the accumulation of plaque. In addition, studies have shown that using an electric toothbrush can significantly reduce plaque buildup.
If plaque is not removed frequently through brushing and flossing, it can develop into tartar, which is basically calcified plaque. While plaque can be controlled at home with good oral hygiene, tartar can only be removed by your hygienist. This is why frequent visits to your dentist are so vital. Your hygienist will remove any plaque, tartar and oral bacteria from your teeth before they cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Wondering why you keep getting cavities? Learn about some of the possible reasons from your Charlotte dentist.
Perhaps you need to “brush up” on your tooth brushing technique. The qualified dentists at Park Crossing Dentistry are here to tell you the proper technique for brushing your teeth.
You mean there is a right way and a wrong way to brush my teeth?
Actually, there is. In fact, the American Dental Association has developed a method for brushing your teeth. The doctors and staff at Park Crossing Dentistry can show you exactly how to most effectively keep your pearly whites clean and your gums healthy.
The wrong way
Too often, people just grab their toothbrush and start scrubbing. More specifically, they use a hard, saw-like, back and forth motion. Worse, maybe the toothbrush is old; maybe the bristles are too hard. Bottom line? Not only is that hard sawing motion not very effective for cleaning teeth, it can actually damage your gums as well as strip away tooth enamel.
The right way
The ADA recommends the following:
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short, tooth-wide strokes
- Brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and chewing surfaces of your teeth
- Tilt the brush vertically and make several up and down strokes to clean the inside surfaces of your front teeth
- Brush your tongue! This not only removes bacteria, it helps keep your breath fresh.
Make sure you have the right toothbrush and replace it every 3-4 months. Replace it sooner if the bristles start to get worn or frayed. Ideally, your toothbrush should be easy for you to use, should have soft bristles, and should be able to fit and reach all areas of your mouth.
Of course, brushing your teeth regularly and properly is an important part of your oral health, along with regular flossing and regular visits to your Charlotte dentist.
For more information, call Park Crossing Dentistry at (704)541-5059.