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Common Signs That You Need Dental Care

When should you see the dentist? We recommend a checkup and cleaning once every six months, but you should also see us if you notice discomfort in between these visits. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about when you should see us to obtain relief from issues like toothaches and headaches.


A temporary toothache is possible due to changes in elevation, cold weather, or even sinus or allergy issues. But these stop after a few hours. If your pain is prolonged and lasts for more than a day, there is a chance you have a severe cavity that needs attention. Otherwise, your tooth could become infected and the risk of losing it increases. Be sure to see us for a checkup so we can identify the presence of decay and choose the perfect solution. Placing a filling in only one visit can offer a lifelike and durable solution to cavities, and help you smile with confidence.

Sore and Bleeding Gums

Negative changes to your gums could be a sign for trouble too! For example, if they look redder than usual, feel sore, or bleed easily, this is a sign you should see us right away. The same goes for receding gums, which can make the teeth appear longer. These could be signs of severe gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease. Treatment helps prevent the stage known as periodontitis, which could otherwise cause adult tooth loss. Our team could use scaling and root planing to manage the disease, or discuss other treatments if you have a more advanced case of periodontal disease. Let’s keep your smile whole and healthy!

Headaches and Jaw Pain

When you have headaches, jaw pain, facial aches, and other discomfort in and around your jaw, this could be a sign of disorders like TMD or bruxism. With TMD, or TMJ disorder, you have strain on your jaw joints that implants how you open and close your mouth. With bruxism, you grind and clench your teeth on a regular basis. Without treatment, this could lead to worsening pain and an increased risk of damaged teeth. To treat the issue, we could use disclusion time-reduction therapy to plan and design an oral appliance, one that improves bite balance and eases these symptoms.

Your Exam and Cleaning

To get started, simply give us a call to schedule your checkup and cleaning visit. We’re ready to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health once again with our preventive and restorative treatment options.

Your Katy, TX, Dentist is Ready to See You

Our team wants to ease your discomfort and improve your smile’s function, health, and beauty. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 for more information or to schedule your appointment.