Are you someone who keeps their regular dental checkups and dental cleanings every 6 months? If not and dental visits are few and far between you should probably know the top 5 signs that you need to visit the dentist.
When it comes to your oral health, there are five telltale signs or symptoms that are important to recognize. First don’t ever ignore a toothache. The number one reason people experience a toothache is a cavity. Toothaches can also stem from a tooth abscess, an impacted tooth or even be a sign of gum disease. Toothaches may pop up in any area of your mouth and they can vary in pain intensity. Sinus allergies or a sinus infection can cause what is commonly thought of as toothache pain. If you are having pain or discomfort from a toothache you should call your dentist right away.
The second dental symptom that is commonly overlooked is tooth sensitivity. Sometimes tooth sensitivity shows up as a slight discomfort when drinking hot or cold beverages. It’s important to know the reason for the sensitivity. Sensitivity can be a result of a fractured tooth, tooth decay, exposed tooth roots, broken fillings, worn tooth enamel or the beginning signs of gum disease. Seek help from your dental professional if tooth sensitivity is becoming problematic.
You should not ignore irritated or bleeding gums. As the third most common sign that you should see a dentist, gum issues can lead to other problems. The early warning sign of gingivitis is irritated gums. Sometimes sore or irritated gums are caused by brushing too hard with your toothbrush. Irregular flossing or flossing for the first time in a while will cause your gums to bleed and become inflamed. If you are having gum problems let your dental professional pin point the cause of your irritated gums so they can recommend a proper treatment plan.
Fourth on the list of dental health concerns are mouth sores. Mouth sores that last longer than a week can be especially problematic. Since there are a number of issues that can cause mouth sores your dentist is the best source to determine whether or not the sores are problematic. Oral cancer can develop in the form a mouth sore. Any persistent, long lasting mouth sores should be looked at by your dentist as soon as possible.
Bad breath is fifth sign that a trip to the dentist is in order. This unfriendly issue can be embarrassing and the root of other more serious issues. If you have begun to experience chronic bad breath call your dentist to schedule an appointment. The American Dental Association recommends regular dental checkups twice a year. Be good to your mouth and your health by regularly scheduling dental checkups in advance to avoid any of the five symptoms listed in this blog.