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Common Tooth Issues That Can Affect You Later




Some aches, pains, and complaints are just a part of life. You can ignore them without too many repercussions. However, that is rarely the case with your teeth. Dental concerns that aren’t treated now will only get worse. Here are three common tooth issues that you don’t want to ignore.


Tooth Decay

Cavities don’t go away on their own. There is no homeopathic treatment and no wishful thinking that can make tooth decay simply disappear. Instead, cavities will grow and spread over time. The first stage of tooth decay is a simple weakening of the enamel. These weak points are called microcavities, and they are generally tagged as spots to watch over the next few appointments. You can reverse this first stage of decay with fluoride treatments and better home care.


Next, your enamel will begin to decay. Fillings done at this stage will prevent the next stage from occurring, which is the decay of the dentin, or soft tissue within the tooth. At this point, you will begin feeling some pain. If the decay is still left untreated, you will experience pulp decay—a painful infection that requires a root canal. The final stage of tooth decay is abscess—a serious infection that might even require surgery.


Wisdom Teeth

If your wisdom teeth don’t have room to grow in, they will cause severe crowding of your other teeth as they do. Also, wisdom teeth can become impacted, or begin growing sideways. Either way, your wisdom teeth will need to be removed before an eruption. If you have had braces, you should be especially watchful so that all that time and money isn’t wasted by your wisdom teeth coming in. Wearing a retainer after braces can help make room for wisdom teeth.


Gingivitis

Your gums are like the soil that firmly holds a plant in its place. When your gums become diseased, they can no longer support your teeth and you will lose them if left unchecked. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, and it is reversible. Gingivitis is marked by painful, bleeding gums, a receding gum line, bad breath, and increased space between the teeth. When left untreated, gingivitis will move on to the next stage of gum disease: periodontitis. Advanced periodontitis leads to painful abscesses and tooth loss.


You don’t want to leave dental issues untreated. And don’t procrastinate, either. Tooth and gum issues can progress very quickly, and the sooner you get treatment, the easier that treatment will be. No one wants to lose their teeth! Even minor tooth and gum pain should be looked at by a dentist right away.


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