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Detecting Dental Trouble? What Your Symptoms Mean

Though your smile cannot talk to you, it does send signals when there are problems with your oral health. Understanding what those signals are, and what they mean, can help you determine if you have a dental emergency. It can also help you take much better care of your teeth. Restorative dentist specialize in treating dental problems, like cavities, infections, and even gum disease, but they also excel at educating patients about how they can recognize and respond to various dental issues. If you’ve noticed changes, lately, in your smile, don’t ignore the clues your body might be sending you. Instead learn to decode them.

Tooth Discoloration Is Often A Sign of a Cavity

Whether it’s white patches on the surface of a tooth, or grey or black lines along a crevice of one, these are often warning signs of a cavity. The white patches could indicate that the outer layer of enamel has been eroded away. If you’re also experiencing sensitivity or discomfort, it’s advisable to seek dental treatment promptly, to stop the progression of a potential cavity.

Sensitivity Is Sometimes a Signal

A little sensitivity while enjoying an ice cold drink, or a scoop of ice cream, is probably not reason to call the dentist. But, if your sensitivity seems heightened or is causing you discomfort, a visit to the dentist can surely help. Whether you have a cavity, or your enamel is just weakening, the dentist can provide restorative treatment or give advice about how to cope with the sensitivity while protecting your teeth from undue damage.

Excessive Plaque Buildup Requires a Dental Visit

Plaque buildup is often visible along the gum line, and if it’s present it means it’s time for a dental visit. By removing the plaque your dentist can greatly reduce your risk of cavities as well as gum disease. Remember, calcified plaque buildup can only be removed through a professional cleaning. No amount of tooth brushing or flossing will be sufficient to remove it from your teeth’s surface. Don’t delay a checkup and cleaning if you’re already seeing plaque.