There is a very good reason why everyone, including you, must visit the dentist regularly. That’s because even if you are so meticulous and dedicated in keeping your teeth, gums, and your mouth in general clean and healthy, there are those times when something’s wrong and you have no clue about it. You see, good oral health is made of two parts: one is those things you routinely do at home to take care of your teeth and gums and the other is when you go to the dentist to have regular dental check-ups. Those two are indispensable parts of a whole. It means you must do both, not just one.
Going to the dentist allows you to figure out if something is wrong. There are signs that you already might be aware of but you don’t have a clue what they mean or imply. Take this article as your friendly guide in determining those dental/oral health symptoms that you can never afford to ignore.
In Reader’s Digest blog called Best Health, there’s this article we found that tackle five symptoms that tell you there’s a problem with your dental health. Now let us take two of those and discuss it here:
Dental symptom #1: Changing gums
Gum disease includes gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (a more advanced condition, which, if untreated, could lead to tooth loss) and is caused by plaque, an almost invisible, sticky film containing bacteria that can form on a clean tooth within 24 hours. With time, this plaque can harden into tartar, or calculus. The tartar can accumulate under your gum line, causing even more inflammation.
Contact your dentist if you experience these symptoms:
- Changes in color, for instance from a normal pink color to red or bluish-red
- Swollen gums, with a spongy feel
- Receding gums, making the teeth look larger’you may see some of the root
- Pus, odor, or new spaces forming between the teeth
Dental symptom #2: White spots on teeth
Dental decay is essentially an infection in your tooth, which starts with the hard enamel dissolving in response to acid produced by bacteria. The first signs are white spots that form in the very early stages.
When decay begins, particularly if this is happening between the teeth, you probably won’t be aware of it, which is why regular checkups, including X-rays, are so important. At this point, you may be able to stop the process before it develops into an actual cavity that requires a filling. So if you notice any white spots that weren’t there before, it’s worth getting them checked out.
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Gum disease and tooth decay are two common problems that many of us experience at least one in our lifetime. However, those two can be prevented if you know the symptoms and be able to find time to visit the dentist to have them treated before it’s too late. The biggest issue with those two is that they don’t cause you pain or inconvenience, which is why you tend to ignore them.
In the blog called Healthline, we found another interesting article written by Rachel Nall, which talks about the warning signs of dental health issues. Again, we’re extracting two of those signs:
Sometimes bad breath is the result of the garlic-filled dinner you just ate or a sign that you need to drink more water. Chronic bad breath, however, can be a symptom of:
- dental cavities
- gum disease
- dry mouth
- tobacco products
- poor oral hygiene
- infections in the mouth, nose, and throat
Your dentist can provide tips to keep bad breath at bay even if you don’t have signs of dental decay.
Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
You can expect increased sensitivity following dental procedures like cavity fillings or crown placements. Sudden, unexplained changes to sensitivity mean you should call your dentist. Increased temperature sensitivity is a symptom of a dental abscess, which is a bacterial infection of a tooth or the gum area next to a tooth root.
Additional dental abscess symptoms include a severe toothache, fever, or tender lymph nodes under your jawline or in your neck. If you have facial swelling too, seek emergency care. If it’s left untreated, the infection can spread throughout your body and become life-threatening.
Increased temperature sensitivity can also mean you have a cavity or that your dental enamel is thinning. A dentist can provide treatment for both of these concerns.
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Bad breath happens to everyone in specific instances, like after failing to brush your teeth or rinsing after a meal. But chronic bad breath is something else. It it the one that needs to be addressed. While you might not feel the need to go the dentist because you really don’t interact with many people who can tell you that you have bad breath, you should be reminded that it may be a sign of a more serious health condition.
Visiting the dentist may not be on your to-do list right now, but rest assured, it pays to spare some time to go and have a comprehensive dental check-up. Your teeth and gums need the dentist to be sure they’re in perfect condition and health. While you continue brushing teeth and rinsing your mouth every single day, that’s not enough to justify the lack of interest and commitment in visiting the dentist.