Did you know your teeth can talk? Maybe “communicate” is a better word but you should be aware that your teeth have a lot to say about how they are feeling and when they need help. Paying attention can make all the difference to your dental health.
For example you might notice that when you bite down you experience a sudden pain in one or more teeth. This could mean you have tooth decay (AKA a cavity). If the pain is consistent, and always in the same spot, it is definitely time to visit your dentist to see what’s going on.
But if you experience achy or throbbing tooth pain that lasts for more than a week it may be an indication that you are grinding or clenching your teeth. A night guard, instead of the dentist’s drill, may be in your future. If swollen gums or swollen glands accompany the persistent tooth pain you may have an abscessed tooth. Your mouth can be complicated, which is why Dr. Babin is your best friend in these situations.
When it comes to loose or suddenly crooked teeth and swollen, red, bleeding gums the possible causes become much more interesting. These symptoms could mean you’re pregnant or have periodontal disease, among other things. Do you need to buy a basinet or dental floss? Most would agree it is of the utmost importance to know which of these conditions is responsible for your unhappy mouth.
If your teeth are talking to you and you are not sure exactly what they are trying to communicate, make an appointment to see your dentist. Dr. Babin and associates “speak teeth” fluently and will be able to tell you what’s going on and what your options are for treatment or maintenance.