Routine checkups are well, pretty routine. You check in, get called back and then the magic happens. We examine your teeth and gums, maybe snap a few x-rays and send you on your way. It’s really no big deal—most of the time. If you have any concerns or have noticed some changes inside of your mouth, this is your time to speak up. Here’s some common questions Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants hear from our patients:
- Are My Pockets Getting Larger?—If you’ve noticed that your teeth are appearing larger and your gums seem to be receding, you may have periodontal disease. One of our clues is an increase in space between your gums and your teeth. Based on their depth, these pockets are great indicator of the level of periodontal disease in your mouth.
- I brush and floss daily, why do I have so much plaque?—If you seem to have an unusually high amount of plaque to be removed, it could be your brushing technique, type of brush or toothpaste. Asking this question will allow us to give you tips on how to keep the plaque at bay.
- Is there an infection in my mouth?—If you’ve recently been diagnosed with one or more abscesses, it may be an indication that there is a much larger issue occurring in your mouth.
- Why do my teeth feel loose?—Loose teeth can be caused by much more than trauma, they can also be a symptom of gum disease or bruxism (tooth grinding). It’s imperative that you inform us if you’ve been noticing this so that we can diagnose and treat whatever is causing the problem.
It’s so important that you ask questions and point out things you’ve noticed going on in your mouth. We only get to see it twice a year but you are checking it every day. If it has been awhile since your last exam, it’s time to set up an appointment at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants. Periodontal disease will not improve on its own, and the sooner we catch it the less damage it will cause.