Your oral health is an indicator of your overall health. Many people underestimate the value of a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums. Experiencing a dental emergency can put the health of your mouth into proper perspective as your pain drives you to seek treatment and healing.
Pain is a signal that something in your body must be addressed. By the time pain has developed, it is clear that an underlying cause has triggered the need for dental intervention. A dental emergency must be addressed promptly to avoid further damage and infection that can spread to other areas of the body. Types of dental emergencies can include:
1. Gum abscess.
A gum abscess is a buildup of pus in and around gums and teeth, indicating that infection has set in. This bacterial infection has typically set into the soft pulp of the tooth, growing as it remains unchecked. If left untreated, a gum abscess can quickly spiral out of control, causing pain and inflammation that can spread throughout the entire body.
2. Swollen and bleeding gums.
Contrary to what you might think, bleeding and swollen gums is a dental emergency. It is an indicator that gums may be diseased. Diseased gums do not hold teeth in place very well; over time, your teeth will loosen to the point where they begin to fall out. Treat swollen and bleeding gums like an emergency and get to your dental professionals as soon as possible.
3. Broken or missing teeth.
Broken and missing teeth can reduce the overall bone density of your jaw and facial structure. Over time, compromised teeth and weakening bone mass will cause your face to take on a sunken appearance. Areas of the mouth that have been weakened are prone to additional disease and decay. Do what you can to repair and replace missing and broken teeth to preserve the structural integrity of your whole face.
4. Pain when biting or using teeth.
Pain is an indicator that an infection has set in. Quite often, pain is the last indicator before more severe consequences begin to develop. If you are experiencing pain of any kind, it is necessary to get into your dental professionals to determine the cause of the pain and receive appropriate treatment.
5. Injury or trauma to the face.
People sustain injuries and accidents to the face that negatively impact the structural integrity of the mouth, teeth, and facial bones. When involved in an accident that sustains damage to any part of your mouth, seek treatment immediately to prevent further damage and health consequences as a result of infection.
It is said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Doing what you can to proactively care for your teeth will ensure that dental emergencies will be kept at bay and you’ll be creating premium health not only for your mouth, but for your whole body.
You can begin to put preventative measures in place right now, including:
Adding these care steps to your daily routine will ensure that you keep dental emergencies at bay and experience vibrant oral health!