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Woods Family Dentistry July 2021 Newsletter
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Do Teeth That Have a Crack Need Treatment?
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Teeth have a lot of blood vessels, and unlike bones, they cannot heal themselves over time. That said, there are many types of cracked teeth, but generally there are those which are minorly cracked and do not require treatment and those which are painful, which do need treatment.

Some of the most common ways you can get a cracked tooth is by chewing on very hard foods, like ice or hard candies. They can also come from the pressure of teeth grinding, age, or fillings that were improperly sized. If you've been in an accident recently or had a sudden change in temperature when eating foods, all of this can also contribute to the cracking of a tooth. Symptoms of painful cracked teeth can include pain when chewing, increased sensitivity to temperatures, swelling gums around a particular tooth (typically the cracked one), or pain that comes and goes. These symptoms and more can occur if your tooth is both cracked and infected; some infection symptoms can be fever, bad breath, or a tender neck.

If you're experiencing a painfully cracked tooth, you must call a dentist to have it treated. The problem will worsen over time if left untreated long enough - and in some cases, the cracked tooth may be able to be saved if caught early. If you think you have a cracked tooth, or you want to be sure about the status of a tooth which you suspect is cracked, give our office a call and make an appointment!

Whiter Teeth Help You Look Younger
There's always been a desire for whiter teeth, and a recent study confirmed that a part of that desire is the youth that comes with having whiter teeth. If you've recently noticed that your teeth seem yellow, or you feel like the people around you are treating you as an older person - you should consider taking a trip to see us. As teeth age, their enamel layer thins, and the lower levels of yellow colored dentin can be more easily seen - this can also bring out surrounding wrinkles or dark spots. White teeth, however, help to reduce the visibility of these areas, helping to give you a confidence boost, as well as help to make your oral health better. Give our office a call if you're in need of a brighter smile, or a confidence builder!

Your Gum Health Directly Impacts Your Dental Health
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When people think about dental health, they commonly only think about the teeth in their mouth - when in reality, dental health includes your teeth, tongue, and gums. Your gums directly influence your teeth and can help to point out issues to us, as well as a lack of good habits. For example, if you brush regularly, but never floss, your gums can become inflated with the plaque between your teeth. Your gums are one of the measures we can use to see the problem areas of your teeth, and when your gums show something is wrong, it puts a spotlight on the issue. If you are experiencing red gums, swollen gums, tender gums, or anything abnormal, give our office a call and make an appointment.

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Woods Family Dentistry | woodsfamilydentistry.com | (541) 926-8611
1044 29th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321



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