Gregory B. Garrett, DDS's Wilmington NC dental office is pleased to provide professional quality dental treatment to patients in Wilmington NC, Hampstead, Murraysville, Myrtle Grove, Carolina Beach and the surrounging communities. We offer general, family, children's, cosmetic, adult and senior dentistry services for our patients.
You know good dental habits can help prevent things like cavities and gingivitis, but you may not know what conditions like these really look like or how they can affect your mouth. Use this visual guide to learn more about some of the most common dental health issues, symptoms to watch for and the potential treatments that are available. Please note: This content is for informational purposes only. Only a dentist, physician or other qualified health care professional can make a diagnosis. Cold Sores (Fever Blisters)
Cold sores are fluid-filled
blisters that erupt on your lips, under your nose or around your chin caused by
a virus known as herpes simplex virus type 1. Once you have them, you’re likely
to get them again. Extremely contagious, they can be passed to others from the
time you feel the first symptoms (like itching or tingling by your mouth) to
the time they heal completely. Cold sores are often red, yellow or gray and
usually heal within a week or two on their own. Your dentist can prescribe
antiviral drugs within the first few days of an outbreak to help it heal more
quickly. Over the counter drugs are available to help with pain, itching and
burning they might cause. Cavities
If this happens, see your dentist. A small chip might be able to be smoothed
down. Your dentist can use a tooth-colored filling, a veneer or crown to shape up your
smile after a larger chip. Teeth Grinding
your teeth (bruxism) is most likely to
happen when you’re sleeping, though it can occur anytime during the day if
you’re stressed, have a new filling or crown that’s higher than
the rest of your teeth or have an abnormal bite. Over a long period of time,
the surface of your teeth will become worn. You could experience toothaches,
dull headaches or earaches, and jaw pain (TMJ). Your teeth may also appear more yellow
because the white outer covering is worn away.
A custom mouthguard from your dentist can
protect your teeth during sleep and correct bite issues. If stress is the cause,
find a way to relax. Meditation, counseling and exercise can help reduce stress
and anxiety (and the likelihood that you will grind your teeth).
You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018. Sunlight People who have jobs working outside are more prone to developing lip cancer and should use UV protection.
Diet Poor nutrition also may put you at risk for developing oral cancer. A diet low in fruits and vegetables may increase your chance of developing oral cancer, so add more color to your plate! To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org. Cosmetic, Family General Dentistry Gregory B. Garrett, DDS 2215 Delaney Avenue Wilmington, NC 28403 Tel: (910) 763-3679 Website: WilmingtonSmiles.net