In a lot of cases, complications and issues with your oral and dental health do not manifest themselves very obviously and can go unnoticed for quite some time before causing any pain or changes. You ought to be aiming to visit your dentist for a check-up every 6 months, though if you notice some changes or something feels different than normal, do not wait until your next check-up – be sure to make an appointment. Here are some of the common signs that call for a visit to the dentist:
You have pain in your tooth, mouth or jaw
If you are experiencing a toothache this usually indicates that you have a cavity, but it can also signal gum disease.
You have bleeding or sore gums
A sign of gingivitis is usually bleeding or sore gums. However, it can also be due to brushing too hard or starting a new flossing routine.
Your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes
If you experience pain when eating or drinking hot or cold beverages, you may be experiencing sensitive teeth. This could be due to tooth decay, worn fillings, fractured teeth, worn enamel or and exposed tooth root or gum recession.
Gum disease or tooth decay is present in your family history
Genetics play a key role in what conditions you could be exposed to. If you are aware of any oral health problems that run in your family, it’s best to discuss these with your dentist.
You are pregnant
Hormones can affect the overall health of your mouth as well as making any prior dental conditions worse.
You are experiencing constant bad breath
Persistent bad breath can be caused by various factors such as what you eat, smoking, not cleaning your mouth or other medical conditions. It can also be one of the warning signs of gum disease.
You have a dry mouth
Dry mouth can be a side effect of certain medications or the symptom of a medical disorder. Salvia is needed in the mouth to act as the primary defence against tooth decay.
Your jaw sometimes pops or clicks
These symptoms can be caused by many things and can be difficult to diagnose. But potential problems can usually range from an injury to teeth grinding or even toothache.
You have an oral piecing infection
Piercings around the mouth area are an ideal place for infection to start, as your mouth is home to a huge amount of bacteria. If you have any signs of infection around the site of the piercing, contact your dentist or doctor immediately.
You are not happy with the appearance of your teeth
If you wish to have a better looking smile or aren’t happy with certain aspects of your teeth. A dentist will be able to take you through your options, to help you achieve the perfect smile.
You are experiencing a sore in your mouth that won’t disappear
Mouth sores can be the symptoms of anything from a disease or disorder, virus, irritation, or an infection. If your sores last longer than a week, it is best to visit your dentist for an examination.