Dental Care: Things You Think Are Solutions (But Aren’t)

When we’re talking about facing oral health concerns and knowing whether you can fix them at home or if you need our help, there’s one way to simplify it: If it’s not just brushing and flossing related, then you probably need to see us. Unfortunately, it’s often very easy to think that you can find solutions at the drugstore or that you can come up with remedies. It’s also easy to assume that short-term answers are equivalent to true repairs and fixes. Let’s run through common sources of confusion, so you see where we’re heading and how you should respond to smile health worries.

Topical Anesthetic

It’s important to remember that just because you can find a way to relieve pain that you’re experiencing in your tooth or gum tissue doesn’t mean that you have solved your problem. Yes, you feel better. However, what happens when that topical anesthetic wears off? Is the problem still there? If so, this is A-OK for a day or two but you need to see our professional dental team soon to treat the actual oral health problem head on.


Have bad breath? What happens when you swish with mouthwash? In most instances, you’ll find that you can mask the smelly odor for a while. Unfortunately, once the fresh scent of that rinse wears off, your bad breath is back! Why is this happening? Well, because it’s more than just something you ate. You will need a visit with us for a true solution, so we can address the bacterial buildup, decay, dry mouth, or other oral health issue causing the change in scent.

Care For Your Smile With Professional Guidance

Don’t take dentistry into your own hands. Instead, let us figure out what’s going on and address the concerns, so you receive effective, safe care. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.