As we gear up for summer here in Tysons, we’re thinking about something that’s maybe not so pleasant: ticks. These critters are big carriers of Lyme Disease, and our part of the state has seen an increase in ticks over the last few years. Did you know that Lyme shows up in your mouth, too? May is Lyme Disease awareness month, and your dentist in Tysons is taking this opportunity to discuss the connection between Lyme and dental health. Don’t go anywhere — it’s information every West Texan needs to know.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease in the Mouth
Once the bacteria Lyme has located itself in the oral cavity, it can cause symptoms that may be confused with other oral health problems — which may result in misdiagnosis and unnecessary dental work. Making yourself aware of the symptoms of Lyme Disease in the mouth can help you avoid the stress and hassle of a misdiagnosis and get the treatment you need right away.
Watch out for these warning signs of Lyme Disease in the mouth.
- Sensitive or aching teeth
- Dry mouth
- Swelling in the gums
- Pain when chewing
- Pain in the TMJ (temporomandibular joints)
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to seek professional help. They will usually go away with successful treatment, but early intervention is key for preventing chronic Lyme Disease.
Getting a diagnosis right away is very important — but it is of course best to avoid ticks altogether. Here in West Texas, that takes a little effort on your part.
How to Prevent Ticks this Summer
- Remember that children and pets are most vulnerable to ticks, as they typically spend more time outside and closer to the ground.
- Wear long pants and shirts when you go outside. Covering up the skin will help to prevent ticks from latching on.
- Dust your pets in an anti-flea powder — especially if they are inside/outside pets. Your dog or can bring ticks and fleas indoors, leaving you and your family vulnerable to bites as well.
- Use tick repellant on yourself and your children, too.
- Check yourself and especially your children for ticks after coming in from outside. If a tick has latched onto the skin, remove it immediately. A tick should be removed within 24 hours to prevent the contraction of Lyme Disease.
- Remove a tick with tweezers, pinching as close to the head as possible.
This summer, our dental hygiene team is looking out for the symptoms of Lyme Disease during cleanings — if you have been bitten by a tick and are concerned about the presence of this bacteria, don’t hesitate to let us know!
Meet the Dentist
Avanti Dentistry is a dental office offering high-quality, comprehensive dental care for patients in and around Tysons, VA. Summer is a great time to visit the dentist for a checkup and cleaning — we’ll look for evidence of Lyme Disease, this season’s biggest threat, when you do! We invite you to book a visit by calling the “dentist near me” you’ve been searching for at 432-684-7424 today.