Most people know that the general recommendation is to head to your dentist at least once a year to ensure that your oral health is up to scratch. However, there are various reasons why it might be a good idea to schedule a visit a little sooner than anticipated, especially if you notice a potential problem with your teeth or gums. Here are a few instances that may be cause for concern.
Do you feel a jolt of pain any time something cold or hot comes into contact with your teeth? If so, then you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. In most cases, this happens when your enamel has been worn down as a result of general ‘wear and tear’ or tooth decay. A dentist will help to establish why you are experiencing pain and provide recommendations for treating it going forward.
Many people who have this problem tend to grind their teeth at night while others sleep, while others do it during the day due to high stress and anxiety levels. You are likely to cause a significant amount of damage to your teeth if this becomes a habit, so it is important to put a stop to it fast. Luckily, a dental professional can assist with that.
When plaque builds up at the gum line, there is a decent chance that the gums will start to become inflamed and sensitive to touch. Eventually, this plaque will harden to form tartar, which can lead to gum disease and bleeding gums. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease. The key is to catch it early and prevent it from getting worse. Therefore, schedule an appointment with your dentist the minute you notice redness or bleeding in relation to your gums.
There are various potential causes of bad breath, many of which can be controlled by paying a bit more attention to dental hygiene, such as brushing, flossing, and drinking more water. However, in some cases, bad breath has a more serious underlying cause. If in doubt, a chat with your dentist is always worthwhile.
Toothache is almost always indicative of a cavity. If left untreated, cavities can evolve into a serious infection and sometimes lead to the loss of a tooth. As such, it is important to get them fixed and filled by a dentist as swiftly as possible.
Ulcers, ‘mouth sores’, or canker sores can appear at any time and at any age. They are often brought about as a result of a small injury, such as accidentally biting the inside of your cheek when chewing or by eating lots of acidic foods. The good news is that they usually go away on their own. You can speed the healing process up by gargling with oral salts, maintaining optimal dental hygiene, and drinking plenty of fluids. However, if an ulcer lingers longer than two weeks, it warrants a trip to the dentist just to be safe.
Here’s to a bright, shining smile for many years to come!
Digital Health Buzz! aims to be the destination of choice when it comes to what’s happening in the digital health world. We are not about news and views, but informative articles and thoughts to apply in your business.