10 Signs You Need to See a Dentist
If your mouth or jaw hurt, it could be from a toothache. Toothaches usually indicate a cavity but they can also signal gum disease. In some cases, a toothache is a sign of an abscess or impacted tooth. A toothache is a sign you need to contact us right away to determine the cause of the problem and prevent the tooth from dying.
If your teeth hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages, you may have sensitive teeth. This can be the result of tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or an exposed tooth root due to gum recession. Treatment will depend on the source of sensitivity. If you’re concerned about the sensitivity of your teeth contact us for diagnosis and treatment options.
Your Gums Are Acting Up
If your gums are puffy, they bleed when you brush or floss, or you have a family history of gum disease, it’s time to make an appointment.
Your Mouth Has Spots and Sores
If there’s something that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth, our dentist will check if you have any mouth sore that lasts a week or longer. Types of mouth sores include canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis. They vary in their severity and causes. Mouth sores could be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from bacteria, viruses or fungus or result from irritation caused by braces, dentures or the sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling.
Bleeding after brushing or flossing
Blood on your toothbrush or in the sink isn’t normal. It could mean you’re developing gum disease ― also called periodontal disease ― an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. When untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss around the teeth and eventually tooth loss. Other signs include red, swollen or tender gums, and discharge between the teeth and gums.
If your gums are swollen and inflamed you definitely need to book an appointment with your dentist. Inflamed gums are caused by hardened plaque that has accumulated under your gum line. Inflamed gums can often be a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis (a more advanced condition which can lead to tooth loss if not treated early enough).
Bad breath is one of the first signs of gingivitis. When left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and other serious health conditions. If you feel like you have bad breath even when you’re brushing regularly, you may have gingivitis. It’s important to see your dentist immediately before this condition advances beyond the point of repair.
If you experience a taste of metal in your mouth, it may be a sign that your gums are diseased or that you are having other health problems. A dentist can help you treat this condition with just one appointment.
You Have Dry Mouth
Always feeling thirsty could be the sign of a medical issue. Dry mouth results from an inadequate flow of saliva. Saliva is the mouth’s primary defense against tooth decay and maintains the health of the soft and hard tissues in the mouth. Without saliva, extensive tooth decay can also occur. Your dentist can recommend various methods to restore moisture. Sugar-free candy or gum stimulates saliva flow, and moisture can be replaced by using artificial saliva and oral rinses.
Jaw pain is also not meant to be ignored. It may indicate some problems in your oral cavity. In some case, those who grind teeth experience jaw pain. If this problem does not go ahead, it might lead to worn out teeth and headaches. There may also be some issues with jawbone muscles affecting the functionality of your teeth.
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