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Do you know why your tooth hurts? Your Olathe, KS, family dentists, Drs. Anthony Marengo and Jacob Sylvester, can determine the cause of your toothache and offer treatments to end your pain.
Common tooth pain causes
That ache in your tooth may be caused by:
- Tooth Decay: Although small cavities are usually painless, you may begin to notice twinges of pain as the decay spreads. Pain may worsen when you bite down on the tooth, and you may notice a dark spot or hole on the surface of your tooth.
- A Crack: Even a tiny crack in a tooth can cause pain. If you have a crack, you may experience pain when you chew or eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. It's important to treat cracks promptly, as they weaken your teeth and also make it easier for bacteria to enter.
- Wisdom Teeth: Pain is a common symptom if your wisdom teeth are impacted, a condition that occurs when teeth can't erupt because they're blocked by gum tissue and bone. Fully erupted wisdom teeth may be weaker than other teeth and more likely to develop painful cavities.
- Grinding: Do your teeth or jaw hurt when you first wake up? The pain may occur if you grind or clench your jaw when you sleep. The habit can damage teeth and increase your risk of developing temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
- A Dental Abscess: A bacterial infection in your tooth pulp may be to blame for your pain. Other abscess signs may include fever, facial swelling, pus around your tooth and swollen lymph nodes.
Your family dentist offers a variety of treatments for tooth pain, including fillings, wisdom tooth extraction, nightguards to stop grinding, crowns to restore cracked teeth, and antibiotics and root canal therapy to protect infected teeth.
Relieve your tooth pain with a visit to family dentists Drs. Anthony Marengo and Jacob Sylvester. Schedule an appointment by calling their Olathe, KS, office at (913) 829-9222 to schedule an appointment.
At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, your dentists - Dr. Anthony Marengo, Jr., Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik - love seeing healthy, bright smiles. The doctors teach their patients that good oral hygiene habits support outstanding dental health, fewer restorative procedures, and a great sense of well-being. Here are some tips on at-home hygiene. Try to incorporate them into your daily routine.
Brushing twice a day
That's a rule established by the American Dental Association (ADA). Brushing with a soft toothbrush which fits comfortably inside your mouth removes plaque from tooth surfaces and the gumline, promoting a cavity-free smile with healthy gum tissue. When you brush, be sure to stay at it for a full two minutes (set the timer on your phone if necessary). Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and use a gentle, sweeping motion to cleanse front, back, and chewing surfaces.
Flossing once a day
The ADA recommends this, too. Both you and your dentist can tell if you neglect flossing, as the red, sore, bleeding gums which indicate gingivitis (an early stage of dangerous gum disease) appear.
So, to prevent gum disease, take a couple of minutes each day to wind a single strand of dental floss around your index fingers and clean between your teeth. Or, if you prefer, use a Y-shaped flosser, small interproximal brush, or WaterPik. You'll remove a lot of plaque and debris, leaving your teeth and gums cleaner and protected against cavities and gum issues.
Eat tooth-friendly foods
Reduce sugar and carbohydrate intake as much as possible. Eat plenty of:
- Calcium-rich dairy products
- Low-fat proteins
- Whole grains
Drink water instead of soda pop, sports drinks, and staining beverages such as coffee and tea.
Think about your oral health. Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco. Both contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
Take a toothbrush and floss with you to work or school. Use a fluoride mouth rinse to strengthen tooth enamel. And, of course, see the friendly team at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe every six months.
Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, checking for decay, gum disease, oral cancer, TMJ, and more. Your hygienist will scale your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar you miss when brushing and flossing at home. You'll love how your teeth look and feel!
Check your habits
At your next routine check-up, ask your hygienist how you're doing and if she can suggest ways to improve. Using an electric toothbrush, special floss for cleaning around implants, bridges, and crowns and other tools and products can give you the clean you need for a long-lasting smile.
Why not call Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, now to arrange your routine exam and cleaning? Call us at (913) 829-9222.
Family dentists provide excellent care for the entire family, from toddlers to senior citizens. Our Olathe, KS, family dentists--Dr. Anthony Marengo, Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik--can share the benefits of selecting one dentist for all of your family's dental needs.
You'll receive excellent care
Because family dentists treat people of all ages, they must be skilled in treating a variety of dental issues. In addition to diagnosing and treating cavities, family dentists repair and restore damaged teeth with crowns and composite bonding. They also offer a variety of services that can improve the appearance of your smile, including veneers to conceal flaws in the fronts of teeth; teeth whitening to brighten your smile; and bridges, dentures, and dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Family dentists are trained to identify issues that affect normal growth and development of your child's mouth and jaw and can recommend treatments that will help him or her avoid future problems. They also help your children lower their cavity risk by offering sealants and fluoride treatment.
You'll save time
Traveling to dental appointments in Olathe can take more time than you may realize if your family has several dentists. Scheduling a group checkup with a family dentist offers the ideal way to ensure that your family receives the care it needs without taking any more time than necessary from work or family obligations.
You'll develop positive relationships
When your entire family visits the same dentist, you'll form strong relationships with the dentists and the staff. From the receptionist who greets you when you walk through the door to the dental hygienist who cleans your teeth to the dentists who examine your mouth, dental staff members are committed to providing a pleasant, stress-free environment for every member of your family. If treatment of a dental issue is needed, options and procedures will be fully explained, enabling you to make the best choice for your dental health.
Isn't it time you made the switch to a family dental practice? Call our Olathe, KS, family dentists at (913) 829-9222 to schedule your family's dental appointments.