Posted on 12/15/2019 by Dr. Jon Packman
|The key to dealing with most medical problems, is to catch the problem in the earliest stages. This is the time when it is easiest to treat and when the problem has not spread to other areas.
When it comes to your oral health, there are a variety of symptoms that could signal a small problem. What many do not realize is that these symptoms sometimes signal a much bigger problem and require attention.
Minor Problems Versus Bigger Problems with Oral Health
When it comes to your oral health, there are problems that are not a big deal and easy to fix and there are problems that put your entire health at risk. Often, the problems that start out as a minor issue, can turn into something much bigger because you ignored them.
The bacteria in your mouth put your oral health at risk. If you do not remove the bacteria through your oral hygiene habits, they will grow and form plaque and tartar. If that continues it can cause tooth decay, cavities, lost or loose teeth and gum disease. All of these can cause infections that can spread throughout your body. A simple cavity or a case of gingivitis can quickly become an abscess or full-blown gum disease that requires major dental work.
It is also important to look for changes in your teeth and gums. Some of the changes are a sign of problems such as oral cancer. In all these cases.
Many Symptoms are Similar
The problem that some run into is the symptoms of a minor problem are often the same as the symptoms for something much bigger. Pain, swelling, difficulty chewing are signs that something is wrong. Whenever you notice these signs, you need to visit our office to find out the cause and to prevent things from getting worse.
It is also important to come in for a regular routine checkup that can spot a problem before you notice any signs. Preventative care is the best way to avoid bigger problems.