Monthly Archives: November 2018

Dental Pain? It May Not Be a Toothache

There is nothing more annoying than waking up to tooth pain. Because our mouths are basically a mystery, any pain we have is assumed to be a cavity. And if the pain can be dealt with, we find no need to visit the dentist. Unfortunately, not all toothaches are caused by decay or cavities. So, let’s break down your dental pain. You may need to make that dental visit sooner than you think…

If you enjoy anything hot or cold and feel sharp pains, it may be a cavity, but it could be tooth sensitivity brought on by exposed dentin from thin enamel or receding gums.

A cracked tooth may cause pain deep in your jaw or gums when you bite down. The pressure of biting can cause the cracked tooth to spread, putting pressure on nerves, and causing an intense pain localized to a single tooth.

Throbbing pain on one side of the mouth may be caused by an infection below the tooth, often related to periodontal disease or dental abscess. This is when it gets rather urgent. Left untreated, the infection may spread to the bone, jeopardizing one or more teeth, and potentially causing loss of gum tissue.

You may be surprised, but there are some mouth pains that have nothing to do with your teeth. Sinus issues and problems of the TMJ (jaw/skull joint) can both cause pain in the mouth and face but aren’t necessarily problems your dentist can solve.

Mouth pain is nothing to ignore. The sooner you seek professional help, the less likely you will need major dental procedures done to fix your ails.
If you would like to find out more about toothaches, contact Dr. Bartz in Oak Lawn, IL at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation. Or visit for additional information.

The ABCs of Gingivitis

If we aren’t constantly on top of our daily routines, it is easy for our dental health to take a turn for the worse. Not only are dental issues headaches, but they can also be quite costly. One such dental issue easy to develop if we aren’t careful is gingivitis.

Like any dental issue, gingivitis is a very common condition and varies widely in severity as it progresses through the gum disease stages. It is characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily when teeth are brushed or flossed. As periodontal disease progresses into later stages and more bone tissue is lost, the teeth may eventually become loose and fall out. Here is a list of reasons you may have developed gingivitis:

  • Smoking or chewing tobacco prevents the gum tissue from healing
  • Crooked, rotated, or overlapping teeth create more areas for plaque and calculus to accumulate and are harder to keep clean
  • Hormonal changes in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause cause the blood vessels in the gums to become more susceptible
  • Cancer and cancer treatment can make a person more susceptible to infection and increase the risk of gum disease
  • Stress impairs the body’s immune response to bacterial invasion
  • Mouth breathing can be harsh on the gums when they aren’t protected by the lips, causing chronic irritation and inflammation
  • Poor nutrition, such as a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates and low in water intake, will increase the formation of plaque
  • Diabetes mellitus impairs circulation and the gums ability to heal
  • Medications such as anti-seizure medications promote gum disease

If you would like to find out more about gingivitis, contact Dr. Bartz in Oak Lawn, IL at 708-430-4440 to schedule a consultation. Or visit for additional information.