Should I be Worried About My Teeth?
Should I be worried about tooth pain?
Tooth pain and toothache are definitely a cause for concern. While some tooth pain may be temporary, in the experience of your dentist, tooth pain can often indicate issues with your teeth. For example, you may suffer from tooth pain as a result of tooth decay, an abscess on the root of a tooth or a crack in one of your teeth.
There is also the possibility your tooth pain is related to another issue, such as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, which your dentist may suspect if they can eliminate other causes.
Whatever the cause of your tooth pain, it makes sense to be alert to any tooth pain, and go to your dentist, who will be able to identify the cause of the pain and provide relief.
Should I be worried if my teeth are sensitive to the cold?
Sensitive teeth can cause tooth pain, and it is important to be aware of any dental sensitivity to hot or cold. This sort of tooth pain may indicate that your enamel has worn down, meaning you can feel hot or cold more because the nerves contained in your dental pulp (in the centre of the tooth) are more exposed.
Tooth sensitivity may also indicate you are not following a proper brushing technique, are grinding your teeth, have receding gums, or that you consume a diet high in acidic foods Your dentist will be able to make an evaluation of your teeth and ask the necessary questions to determine the cause. Reduced teeth sensitivity could be just a visit away.
Should I be worried about missing teeth?
If you have just lost your tooth through an accident or other form of dental trauma, then contact your emergency dentist immediately, because a quick treatment can sometimes help to ensure the best outcomes.
If you have had missing teeth for a while, it still makes sense to go to the Fig Tree Pocket dentist or Chelmer dentist for assessment and treatment. Missing teeth can allow other teeth to shift out of place, cause difficulties chewing and speaking and may also reduce the confidence you have to smile. Replacing missing teeth can be important to not only improve the appearance of your smile, but improve the functionality of your bite. A number of options for replacing teeth are offered at River City Dental and they are able to provide professional advice regarding the best options for your situation.
Should I be worried about my child’s baby teeth?
You should definitely keep an eye on your children’s baby teeth. The health of the baby teeth can have an impact on the health of adult teeth.
It is not uncommon for parents to report to their dentist that they are concerned their children’s baby teeth are not coming through as soon as they should, and later on, that they are not falling out when they should.
It is also worth noting that although baby teeth do eventually fall out, this does not mean that their health does not matter in the long term. Problems with your children’s baby teeth such as cavities, underdeveloped tooth enamel or teeth crowding, can still result in dental developmental issues in the long run and should not be left untreated.
Should I be worried about thumb sucking?
Thumb sucking can have a detrimental impact on the development of your child’s teeth, by changing the angle of the front teeth, causing a gap in the teeth, and causing an overbite. It can also impact how the jaw and palate develop, and how your child speaks and eats.
Many children will stop sucking their thumbs on their own initiative, but if you find that your child continues to suck their thumb for longer than you expect, there is definitely cause to visit a dentist. They will be able to provide professional advice on how to best discourage thumb sucking behaviour.
Should I be worried about bleeding gums?
Bleeding gums are a cause for concern, particularly when gums bleed with only slight provocation. If you have accidentally cut your gums and they are bleeding, perhaps after flossing or eating something sharp this may be less of an issue because it may not represent an ongoing issue with your gums, a bit like if you accidentally cut your finger.
However, if your gums bleed spontaneously or if they bleed every time you brush your teeth, it is worth investigating the cause of your bleeding gums. It could be because you are brushing too hard, have poorly fitted dental appliances have an infection, are a result of a vitamin deficiency, or very rarely it may be due to more serious health conditions such as cancer.
Bleeding gums is most likely an indication of gingivitis (gum disease), caused by plaque along the gum line. If plaque isn’t removed by brushing and flossing properly, it can harden into tartar (calculus), which will increase bleeding. Your Chelmer dentist will be able to remove this plaque during your checkup and clean appointment. Advanced gingivitis can lead to periodontitis which can cause your teeth to become loose and fall out. To ensure the long term health of your teeth and gums it is important to investigate bleeding gums without delay.
Should I be worried about how my teeth look?
Here at River City Dental, we are all for a positive attitude about appearance and we are never judgmental. However, many people do have concerns about how their teeth look, and we are here to help them alleviate their concerns by providing professional cosmetic dentistry services to clients from Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Taringa, Pullenvale, Chelmer, Fig Tree Pocket, and surrounding areas.
Why worry about how your teeth look when you can have them fixed? Rather than being embarrassed about your smile, be proactive and talk to your local dentist about your options. Same day dental crowns, dental veneers, teeth whitening, dental bridges, dental implants, and Suresmile clear aligners are offered by our Indooroopilly dental clinic to restore your teeth to achieve a smile you are proud of.
Should I be worried about jaw pain?
It is natural to be concerned about jaw pain because it can have a real impact on your quality of life. When our jaw hurts or we experience jaw clicking or jaw popping, it can make it very hard to focus on what we’re doing, potentially having an impact on our work and personal lives.
Jaw pain can have numerous causes, such as teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism), overbite or underbite, cartilage damage, TMJ disorder, and even sinus problems.
Our dentist at River City Dental, will be able to assess the likely causes of your jaw pain, and outline a treatment method, which may include Suresmile clear aligners to straighten your teeth or other orthodontic treatment. They may also be able to refer you to an appropriate specialist for your jaw pain.
Should I be worried about going to the dentist?
No, there’s no need to be worried about going to the dentist. And don’t just take our word for it. Have a look at River City Dental’s star rating and reviews on Google.
We provide a non-judgmental and gentle dental service. We are committed to explaining everything clearly and making you as comfortable as possible from the moment you walk through the door. This also extends to the financial side of things. We don’t want your dental visits to be expensive, which is why we have special offers and provide HICAPS for all major health funds.
We understand that for some people visiting the dentist can be a very worrying experience. Dental anxiety is a real challenge that can prevent people from receiving the dental treatment they need when they need it and potentially allowing small dental issues to become larger, more painful and more costly issues. If you are nervous about visiting the dentist, talk to the River City Dental team about your concerns as we provide options such as twilight sedation for really anxious patients.
It is especially important to bring your child to the dentist when they are young. This helps to prevent them developing dental anxiety as they grow up.
Should I be worried about my sugar intake?
It depends on how much sugar you have in your diet. Are you a sweet tooth? Do you enjoy lots of foods that you know are bad for your teeth due to unhealthy habits? Or is there a chance you are eating and drinking food with high sugar levels without knowing about it? It is surprising how high the sugar content can be in even some “healthy foods’’, like fruit juice and yoghurt.
Your dentist will be able to assist with dietary advice and by assessing and treating any damage that high sugar intake may have had on your teeth already. Your general practitioner (GP) will thank you for it too because sugar can have health impacts that extend beyond your mouth.
Should I be worried about my wisdom teeth?
If they haven’t come through or are showing no signs of coming through, you may think it is okay to leave it until an obvious issue arises. Often, it is obvious that your wisdom teeth are starting to emerge. You will be able to feel them in the back of your mouth sticking through the gums.
Sometimes, you may experience pain as the teeth teeth are coming through. There’s a chance you will be one of the lucky ones, who have wisdom teeth that erupt without any issues. However, for a lot of people they exerpience pain associated with their wisdom teeth. Sometimes this is because there is not enough space for the teeth or the wisdom teeth are impacted as they try to come up against your existing molars, causing an array of problems.
When you reach your teenage years, it is usually advised by most dentists that you should have a dentist make a professional assessment and conduct X-rays to assess your wisdom teeth and how they are forming to identify any potential issues.
In the later teen years and a person’s 20s and 30s, it is most likely wisdom teeth will come through. If detected early, they are easiest to remove, before they cause significant problems. Taking a cautious approach is best, to limit the cost of surgery bills, pain and the impact on surrounding teeth.
Should I be worried if I play high contact sports without a mouthguard?
Yes. You make your dentist worried too when you play without a mouthguard! Your Indooroopilly emergency dentist has seen chipped teeth, cracked teeth, missing teeth, and damaged gums due to sports injuries.
Many of these injuries could have been prevented if the patient was wearing a custom-made, correctly fitted protective mouthguard. A mouthguard not only protects your teeth, but also your tongue, lips and gums, which may be badly damaged if your teeth are forced together in the incident.
Should I be worried about loose teeth?
It is natural for a child to have wobbly baby teeth, but if your adult or permanent teeth are wobbly or loose, then this calls for further investigation.
Loose teeth as an adult can often be the result of periodontal disease, an advanced form of gingivitis that also begins to affect the bones and the tissues which keep teeth in place. Loose teeth may also be caused by dental trauma or osteoporosis. They may also be a result of ageing, but there are still things that can be done by your dentist.
Through a timely visit to a dentist, you will find that many treatment methods are available before it’s too late. This may include extensive cleaning and treatment of any gum disease
You may also be asking yourself the following questions about your teeth:
- Should I be worried about my teeth going brown or yellow?
- Should I be worried about plaque build-up?
- Should I be worried about receding gums?
- Should I be worried if my teeth are wonky?
- Should I be worried if I have an overbite or underbite?
- Should I be worried if I clench and grind my teeth?
If you think that maybe you should be worried, it is always a good idea to play it safe. Often our intuitions are correct. It is always best to visit the dentist if you have any oral health concerns and it is a good way to keep your teeth healthier and stronger for longer.
In addition to the helpful treatments offered by your dentist, you might also find that it is beneficial to visit the dentist to gain reassurance about your concerns and to discover that things are not necessarily as bad as they seem.
Rather than searching your dental concerns on Google, we recommend you come in for a dental check up and ask any questions you have during your consultation. Give River City Dental a call on (07) 3667 9595 to arrange your first appointment.
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