Respected dentist in Indianapolis stresses the importance of seeking treatment for tooth decay and gum disease
Our oral health can affect our overall health and wellbeing. Therefore, it is critical to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits at home and visit the dentist regularly. Patients can count on gentle care in the hands of Dr. Matthew Church and our team at Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis. Advocates of patient education, we take time to explain tooth decay and gum disease and their potential effects on the body. We will discuss warning signs of the condition and disease so patients know when to seek treatment.
Learning about tooth decay
Tooth decay can affect the whole body. Drinking sugary beverages and eating sugary foods can lead to cavities, tiny holes in the hard surface of the teeth. Severely decayed teeth may need to be extracted when they cannot be saved during treatments such as root canals. Signs of cavities include toothaches, tooth stains, tooth sensitivity and pain when biting as well as mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods or beverages.
Learning about gum disease
Oral health conditions and diseases have been connected to other health issues. Gum disease can lead to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and cancer. Risk factors of gum disease include smoking, poor diet, genetics, stress, and age. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. Symptoms of gingivitis include swelling or tender gums and bleeding when brushing or flossing. The next stage of gum disease is periodontitis. During this stage, gums begin to pull away from the teeth allowing plaque bacteria to infect tooth roots supporting bones and fibers. Teeth may shift or become loose.
Explaining the importance of preventive care
It is critical to seek treatment after noticing any of the aforementioned symptoms. The best method of prevention is an excellent oral hygiene regimen. At home, it is important to brush at least twice a day and floss before bedtime. Sometimes, we will recommend brushing after every meal. It is critical to schedule regular dental check-ups for examinations and cleanings at least twice a year.
The Washington Street Dentistry team cares about the health of our patients. To learn more about how we can help in preserving the health of your smile, schedule a consultation by calling (317) 333-6788.