Signs You Should See a Dentist

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Experiencing problems with your oral health is something that warrants the attention of a dentist as soon as possible. Seeking care from a dentist can help to provide care that can help treat problems you may be experiencing. If you are noticing discomfort or oral issues that appear to be out of the ordinary, it’s a good idea to contact a dentist as soon as possible. Here are some common signs that warrant a visit to the dentist’s office:

Sign #1 Wisdom Teeth

In some cases, a patient may have never had their wisdom teeth removed. This can result in significant pain and swelling in the mouth. Not only do wisdom teeth result in pain, it can cause your teeth to shift. While in some cases, people are able to retain their wisdom teeth, it’s important to continue to have regular appointments with your dentist to ensure they are not having an impact on your overall oral health. 

Sign #2 Tooth/Mouth Pain

Tooth pain can be the symptom of a variety of issues. Sometimes, people will manage pain with over the counter medications to help manage the pain they are experiencing. By not seeking a dentist, problems may only worsen over time, making pain nearly unbearable. Tooth pain may be the result of grinding or clenching the teeth, tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease. 

Sign #3 Swollen or Bleeding Gums

You may experience red, swollen and bleeding gums. In some cases, symptoms may worsen with brushing or flossing. These types of symptoms may be the result of gum disease. Gum disease can become incredibly serious when left untreated and may even lead to tooth loss. 

Sign #4 Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can cause discomfort. Do you find yourself constantly needing a drink of water? When saliva in the mouth is significantly reduced, it can have an impact on the ability to reduce acids present in the mouth. Should this occur, you stand to experience an increase of plaque and rapid tooth decay. A dentist can help to support you by making treatment recommendations to help protect your oral health. 

Sign #5 Bad Breath

Bad breath can be unpleasant not only for you but those around you. This could be a sign of something far more serious. If you are practicing poor oral health, we may be able to help you get back on track before a deeper problem presents itself. In some cases, bad breath could be a sign of a more serious health condition. 

Sign #6 Your Teeth Are Loose

Having teeth that are loose is not a normal occurrence. This could be the result of a more serious issue. Adults should not experience loose teeth. Loose teeth could result in gum disease or even oral cancer. If you notice loose teeth, contact a dentist as soon as possible. 

Many people may put off seeing a dentist. This can only cause problems to worsen. Taking your own measures to manage pain or mitigate the problem may not be able to stop the oral issue you are experiencing. In most cases, you will require diagnosis and treatment from a family dentist. Don’t ignore the red flags, call as soon as possible for an appointment. 

Resources:

Wikipedia, Dental Care

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