If a tooth starts to give you trouble it could be that you have a cavity – or not.  There are actually a lot of things that could be wrong one of which is that you’ve simply been brushing too hard, or with the wrong kind of toothbrush.

Tooth enamel is the outer layer of the tooth that protects the more sensitive layers that lie beneath.  It is known to be the most durable of all of the minerals in the human body, but tooth enamel can be worn away over time.  When that happens the root system of the tooth may be exposed making it more sensitive to pain.  Over brushing can also cause the gum tissue to recede from the tooth which again, exposes the root.

Bacteria causes infection which in turn may lead to painful inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding your tooth.  A  bad taste in your mouth may not be from something that you have eaten, it could be a sign of infection.  Antibiotics are often recommended.

Can you remember experiencing a fall or being in an accident that caused some trauma to the tooth?  It may be that the damage from an infection is just now showing up.  If you notice any discoloration or if chewing becomes painful it may be that the tooth has died and will need to be restored or replaced.

Any of the symptoms described here should be cause to see your dentist asap, early treatment brings the best results.  Call Benson Hill Smiles @ 425-598-0366 in Renton, WA.

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