For many people, visiting the dentist is no easy task. You go in and have somebody rummage around in your mouth, only to tell you that you have cavities and other problems that are going to require dental surgery to repair.
Once you have the procedures completed, you have to eat oatmeal for the next week due to the pain your mouth is in whenever you try to eat anything with texture. Because of this, there are actually many people who will not visit the dentist at all. But what if you found out that you had a hidden tooth infection or other symptom that you had no idea was there? Better yet, what if you found a dentist that could restore your dental health without any pain?
Why You Should Visit the Dentist
There are many dental patients who are authentically surprised to discover that they are suffering from some type of infection inside their mouth. They assume that all infections of the mouth are going to be painful but that is not the case each time.
While there are some types of infections that will be accompanied by pressure, swelling, and can cause you pain, there are many other infections that you will have no clue you have until it’s too late to stop it at home.
It is these silent infections that can cause bone destruction and allow virulent bacteria to get into your bloodstream, boosting your body’s inflammatory load.
What is a hidden tooth infection and why does it matter?
If you have a hidden tooth infection (which is also referred to as a long-standing silent infection), it is going to increase the workload on your immune system and all of the resources that your body will require in order to fight that infection.
If you are in overall healthy shape, this may not mean much to you, but if you are dealing with a serious disease such as an autoimmune disease or cancer, having your body waste it’s healing abilities and the associated resources to fight a hidden tooth infection can tax your body unnecessarily. This also makes the body’s defense responses less effective. And right now during the Covid-19 pandemic, we all need to be the healthiest we can to ward off any problems.
Different Types of Hidden Mouth Disease
There are several different types of hidden mouth diseases that you can have for months and even years without knowing it. Some of the more common ones include gum disease, infected roots, and infected wisdom teeth. Below is what you need to know about all the different types of hidden mouth diseases.
- Gum Disease: Studies done on gum disease have revealed that about 80% of the United States population is suffering from some stage of gum disease. This is more commonly referred to as the silent epidemic, as gum disease does not physically hurt sometimes. However, signs that you may have gum disease can include gums that start bleeding while you floss, excessive bad breath, excessive tartar, your teeth becoming loose, and even larger spaces starting to form between your teeth.
- Infected Nerve Roots: Nerve roots can become infected when the dental pulp begins to degrade and cavities become present. If left to simply decay, the nerve root can become infected, which is almost always extremely painful. This type of infection will prompt you to come to a dentist because the pain can get unbearable.
- Infected Wisdom Teeth: If you did not have your wisdom teeth removed, there is a chance that they will be very difficult for you to brush after they have erupted through the gumline. Often, only half of the tooth emerges through the gums for years, leaving part of the tooth under the gumline, still covering the remainder of the tooth. This can leave room for food to get trapped beneath it, forming a cavity. If this goes uncleaned, an infection can form, one you cannot visually observe in the mirror.
The best way to prevent hidden tooth infections is going to be to visit the Dental Group of Simi Valley. We are happy to help clients in and near the Simi Valley, CA communities. We will properly examine your teeth and gums, making sure that there are no hidden mouth infections that you need to worry about. We pride ourselves on making sure our clients are always comfortable and without painful dentistry problems. Call us today to talk to one of our friendly staff about your dental concerns. We look forward to helping you restore the health of your teeth and gums.