Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA
So you have a bad tooth, or maybe more than one that you have been ignoring. Often, patients ignore their oral health until something becomes painful. Why fix it if it ain’t broke, as the saying goes. The problem is that bad teeth can potentially be dangerous for your oral health as well as your health. Do not wait until the problem becomes so severe that you rush to the dentist for an emergency visit. Here is why you should not ignore bad teeth, and what you should do if you experience pain, infection, or an unpleasant odor from your mouth.
Oral bacteria is the culprit of bad breath. It hides between teeth, and around the gumline. If proper oral hygiene techniques and routine dental cleanings are not adhered to, tooth decay (cavities) will begin to develop. Once a cavity starts, essentially you have an infection in your mouth, although it may take a while for it to become painful; just because your bad tooth does not seem to be giving you any problems does not mean you should ignore it. By not treating active decay in your mouth, this harmful bacteria can begin causing gingivitis or even progress into gum disease. Eventually, the bacteria can make its way to your bloodstream, and travel throughout your body affecting vital organs.
Research has proven a link between oral bacteria and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. There is also a link between oral bacteria and the increased risk of preterm birth, and low birth weight in infants. A person can even transfer this harmful bacteria to others by way of kissing or sharing eating and drinking utensils. When you have bad teeth, you could be putting your health at risk, and your life on the line. This is one reason why good oral hygiene, as well as routine dental visits, are essential for your health. A professional dental cleaning is the only way to remove tartar buildup and bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Waiting to visit the dentist until you have a problem is only damaging your health in the long run.
At Hamilton Dental Care, we understand that life can get in the way. For some patients, their fear of the dentist or maybe their finances has kept them from getting the regular checkups that they need. In these cases, we offer restorative and cosmetic dental treatments to help restore your smile and get your confidence back. We also offer a variety of payment options to suite the needs of almost any household budget. If you have lost teeth or need restorative care, we can help.
Treatment for a decayed, broken or otherwise damaged tooth will vary. Sometimes a simple filling, inlay or onlay is all that is needed to repair a tooth. Other times, a tooth may require a dental crown to add strength and durability. If a tooth needs to be extracted, a dental implant is an ideal tooth replacement option for most people.
Please contact our office at (570) 387-0533 to schedule a consultation and learn more about the services we offer.
Hamilton Dental Care is here to serve patients in the communities of Bloomsburg, Danville, and Lewisburg, PA.