If you haven’t been consistent with your oral hygiene regimen, you contact your San Jose dentist right now. Good oral hygiene practiced on a regular basis helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Getting regular professional teeth cleaning by your hygienist is also an essential part of achieving good oral health.
Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of toothaches. Tooth decay leads to cavities which will need to be corrected with dental fillings as soon as possible so it doesn’t get worse. You should see a professional San Jose dentist at Santa Teresa Family Dental for an evaluation as soon as any toothache symptoms begin. Toothaches may indicate a cavity or a worse dental health or medical condition. Tooth decay and cavity symptoms that are usually experienced are pain around the tooth, sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers after eating or drinking and pain when eating. If your dentist determines that you have a cavity, he will want to treat it right away, so it doesn’t lead to a worse condition. The cavity would typically be repaired with a filling. However, if they cavity has advanced and is too severe for a filling to be effective, another more invasive procedure might be necessary. Cavities that aren’t treated fast enough, could get worse and could progress and lead to more serious oral health issues. Cavities that are left untreated or not treated quickly enough could irritate the gums and tissues surrounding the diseases tooth. This could lead to periodontal disease which could lead to tooth loss. If the condition is left untreated, the infection in the tooth can spread and could lead to an abscess which are very serious. Preventative care is the key. Seeing your dentist for checkups and your hygienist for professional teeth cleanings is essential.
If you’re due for a dental checkup and teeth cleaning, don’t wait. Contact our office right now to schedule your appointment with our San Jose dentist and hygienist.