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Dental decay can be prevented, but patients wishing to avoid having their teeth “drilled and filled” must be diligent in their daily hygiene care along with keeping appointments with the dentist for preventive measures.

Unfortunately, once dental decay has permeated dental enamel, you can’t go back and make it disappear. So if any of these symptoms are present, this is your indicator that you may require dental treatment:

  1. Discomfort that persists – a toothache can occur for several reasons so check to make sure nothing is caught between teeth or under the gum. The best way to do this is to carefully floss – of course, daily flossing will make this a simple task. If irritation is still present, you are likely dealing with a dental problem like decay, and seeing the dentist as soon as possible is warranted.
  2. Pressure from biting down creates a painful sensation.
  3. Zinging feeling when exposure to hot or cold food, beverages, or even air.
  4. Foul taste or odor is present – this can also be indicative of gum disease, but in any case, your dentist should be consulted for the correct diagnosis and treatment.
  5. Tooth discoloration – If you can see visible symptoms of decay, but not experiencing any discomfort, the root of the tooth has likely already been impacted. Your dentist will provide your options to salvage your tooth.
  6. An existing filling feels loose – decay could have increased in the previously treated tooth or the current filling could be cracked.

If one or more of these conditions exist, the best course of action is to contact your dental provider for whatever treatment is warranted. Failure to act upon symptoms can allow them to escalate into problems that can ultimately result in needing endodontic therapy (root canal), periodontal disease (gum disease), abscess (deep rooted infection), and even tooth loss.

Steps you can take to avoid costly and time consuming dental repair include:

  1. Daily brushing – At least twice per day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel.
  2. Flossing – Daily flossing keeps gum tissue stimulated and helps to keep plaque from building up on teeth especially around the gums.
  3. Keeping scheduled dental appointments for a thorough cleaning and dental exam to help spot problems before they can advance into needed serious repair.
  4. Follow the advice of your dental provider for best dental results.

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of tooth decay, contact Fielder Park Dental at 817-275-4817 and schedule your visit today.

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