September 1, 2018

When life gets busy, your oral health is usually one of the first things to be put on the back burner. Unfortunately, putting off minor issues now can lead to the development of cavities, gum disease and other unpleasant problems.  Self-Improvement Month gives you the perfect excuse to make your oral health a priority and schedule the dental appointment you’ve been putting off for months. Here are some common dental issues your dentist can identify and fix before they advance too far.


You can potentially put off a minor toothache for weeks or even months, but doing so isn’t wise. A toothache – even if it comes and goes – is an indication of an infection in the tooth. If it isn’t treated right away, it could develop into an infection of the pulp that requires a root canal to fix. Dr. JayCee Van Horn can identify and fix minor cavities and other causes of toothaches before they become more serious.

Gum Recession

If you’ve noticed your teeth suddenly look bigger than usual, gum recession may be the cause. Gum recession can happen as a direct result of gum disease, or it can occur when you brush the teeth too frequently or vigorously. If it isn’t diagnosed and treated quickly, it can lead to increased tooth sensitivity or even tooth loss.

Gum Inflammation

Gum disease occurs when the gums become infected and inflamed by bacteria. The earliest stage of gum disease (gingivitis) is the only stage that can be reversed with immediate intervention. If the disease is allowed to progress untreated, it can advance to an irreversible stage that requires regular periodontal treatments to manage symptoms. With proper oral care and regular dental checkups, most people can avoid developing gum disease.

Schedule Your Checkup

Ready to improve your oral health for Self-Improvement Month? Schedule your dental checkup today by making an appointment or calling Southern Smiles Dental at (405) 757-2122 in Oklahoma City, OK.



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