Let’s face it-going to the dentist regularly isn’t something we all do. Sure, it can be a pain sometimes, quite literally, but it’s important to take care of our teeth. Like the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’, regular dental check-ups can help in diagnosing dental emergencies at an earlier stage. They also play a huge part in preventing deep carious lesion, severe malocclusion or gingivitis.
If you are putting off going to your dentist, here are the top 6 signs you are over-due for a check-up!
1. Bleeding during brushing, flossing or eating
Blood on your toothbrush or the sink isn’t normal. It could mean you’re developing gum disease (periodontal disease or an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place). If your gums are bleeding, schedule a dental check-up as soon as possible. When untreated, gum disease can lead to bone loss around the teeth and eventually tooth loss.
2. Toothache or Gum ache
While this is an obvious one, it bears repeating: toothaches/gum aches shouldn’t be ignored. Even if the pain subsides after a day, don’t ignore it! This pain can mean many things- a cavity, abscess, broken tooth, damaged filling or grinding your teeth. Only your dentist can determine what’s behind the pain, treat the underlying issue and help you avoid future problems.
3. Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
If you’re suddenly experiencing increased sensitivity to temperatures, chances are that it could be a cavity or that your enamel is weakened. You should be able to enjoy cold, hot and lukewarm foods and beverages without oral pain.
4. Sores in the mouth
Most people have had canker sores or cold sores at some point in time. However, if a sore last more than a week, schedule an appointment with a dentist immediately. A fungal infection called thrush, or candidiasis, can show up as white sores on the tongue, inner cheek, tonsils or roof of your mouth.
5. Bad breath
Bad breath once in a while is normal and can be caused by certain foods. However, if bad breath persists for several days despite proper hygiene, professional dental care is necessary. It could be an indicator of some underlying issue or that you are due for a cleaning.
6. Loose teeth or discolouration
Ranging from injury to osteoporosis, various reasons can trigger teeth loosening. Dental implants also run the risk of coming loose or breaking if the patient is not careful. Stained teeth are another thing to look out for-if brown marks don’t disappear after a brush, it’s usually time for a professional clean! Sometimes teeth develop small white spots- these first sign of dental decay. So, begin to notice spots or loose teeth, you are due an immediate dental check-up.
For many people, a dental visit is all about just getting a professional cleaning or filling a cavity-nothing more. Remember, dental health and general well-being are much more closely related than we realise. So, keep up with regular check-ups (twice a year) or reach out to your dentist if you notice any of the issues listed above.
For best care and treatments, schedule an appointment with Veeyes Dental Care.
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This blog is not a substitute for professional advice or diagnosis, it is only to promote general knowledge about dental health topics. Visit your dentist or a qualified healthcare provider for questions or doubts regarding any medical condition or treatment.