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Dental Symptoms: The Top Ten
Sometimes it's better not to score in the top ten and we hope that's the case here. Mouth Healthy, the American Dental Association's educational website, lists the top ten dental symptoms:

Toothache - pain in the mouth or jaw indicating a cavity, gum disease, abscess, or impacted tooth

Sensitive teeth - pain from hot or cold drinks may indicate decay, fracture, worn fillings or enamel, gum recession and more

Bleeding or sore gums - can be a sign of gingivitis or overly enthusiastic brushing or flossing

Mouth sores - can indicate disease, infection, fungus, or irritation

Bad breath - caused by diet, hygiene, smoking, medical conditions and more

Jaw pain, popping or clicking - a wide range of causes from sinus issues to injury to arthritis

Dry mouth - can be a symptom of a disorder or a side effect of medication

Oral piercing infection - the choice to pierce can lead to all sorts of health complications

Cracked or broken teeth - brittle or damaged teeth or grinding of the teeth can cause pain and complications

Stained or discolored teeth - lots of causes including lifestyle choices and genetics

Of our patients scoring in the top ten, some suffer from more than one of these conditions. Fortunately, we have lots of treatments and solutions. Some are very simple and affordable, with early intervention. If you find yourself among the top ten, give us a call and we'll help get you started on the road to recovery.

What Is Debridement?
If you have heavy plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth it's extremely important to attend to the condition. We may need to remove it through a process called debridement, using hand instruments and ultrasonic tools to dislodge the plaque and tarter from the teeth. Further treatments may be required depending on the level of severity.

Debridement is generally required when routine oral health care hasn't been practiced. People who haven't come in for a cleaning for a long while may be at increased risk.

For Parents of Young Children
Toothpaste contains safe levels of fluoride if used appropriately. For children over the age of 2, that means applying a small amount which can be safely absorbed in the system. Children should be trained not to swallow too much toothpaste.

It's best for parents to apply the toothpaste to children's toothbrushes until cognitive skills reach a level of understanding that allows them to follow instructions and use good judgment.

Henke & Okerstrom | www.henkeokerstromdentistry.com | 541-757-0082
2605 NW Rolling Green Dr., Corvallis, OR 97330



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