Five Signs You Need to See a Dentist
Many people feel so caught up in the treadmill of life that it can be easy to lose sight of the mundane yet important things that they need to take care of. Our day-to-day responsibilities and activities often take precedence, making it difficult to set aside time for the occasional tasks that are necessary for our own health and well-being.
In particular, it can be difficult to stay on top of the important matter of dental health. Our jobs, our families, and our other various obligations can take up so much space in our lives that the need for a visit to the dentist can become a subject of perpetual procrastination. This might seem perfectly fine for a while, but eventually, a problem might occur that requires an emergency dental visit.
What are some indications that you need the attention of a dental professional? Here are five signs:
Healthy gums do not bleed. You would not consider it healthy for your eyes, nose, or ears to bleed regularly, and nor should you feel that it is normal for your gums to bleed. If your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, it is likely a sign of inflammation. If untreated, this can lead to serious periodontal issues, such as gum recession, abscesses, and bone loss.
Top tip: Use white toothpaste to monitor the health of your gums. If you use a more colorful gel to brush your teeth, it may be more difficult to detect blood when you are brushing.
If your teeth have sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweets, this may be an indication of a dental problem. Dental discomfort often comes from cavities or defective fillings. Alternatively, your tooth pain may be the result of a buildup of plaque. In such a case, a thorough cleaning might be all you need to eliminate your tooth pain.
Top Tip: If you use a toothpaste that is specifically formulated for sensitive teeth, such as Sensodyne, this could help to alleviate your pain. But if the sensitivity you are experiencing has come on more recently or suddenly, you may just be masking a more serious problem.
Red, Swollen, or Tender Gums
When gums are healthy, they are firm, pink, and resilient. You should not experience pain in them, and nor should they react negatively to eating or brushing. If your gums are swollen or tender, this is likely to indicate a more advanced state of inflammation than bleeding alone does. In such a case, it is possible for food to accumulate under the gumline, which can cause infections or acute abscesses. This is more likely to occur if the gum tissue has lost its healthy architecture because of excessive plaque buildup.
It is particularly common for gums to become swollen or inflamed around a wisdom tooth that is partially erupted. If plaque accumulates under the gum flap, it can cause moderate to severe discomfort. If the situation is not treated, it can lead to a serious infection.
Top Tip: Brush and floss twice each day. Be diligent and get into all the spaces between your teeth, and don’t neglect the hard-to-reach spaces behind your back teeth.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
This can be the result of several factors, such as diet, chronic sinus infection, acid reflux, dry mouth, certain medications, and uncontrolled diabetes. However, gum or periodontal disease and bacterial plaque are also common culprits. Breath mints and mouthwashes may be quick fixes but often only serve to cover up a deeper problem.
Top Tip: If you notice an unpleasant smell when you are wearing a face mask, do not immediately assume that it is the mask itself that stinks. This could be an indication of an issue that you should see a dental professional about.
If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, your hormones are undergoing a serious change that can render the gums more susceptible to inflammation and more reactive to plaque. “Pregnancy Gingivitis” is a common condition, but it can be controlled or avoided entirely if you have more frequent cleanings. Furthermore, gum and periodontal problems during pregnancy have been associated with low birth weight.
Top Tip: Visiting your dentist regularly may help bolster the health of your baby.
It’s easy to feel that your busy life does not leave time for a regular dental appointment. Alternatively, you may be putting off your visit because you do not have dental insurance. Yet the amount of time and money it costs to have an emergency appointment is usually far greater than simply staying on top of your routine dental cleanings and checkups.
Make time for the dentist. Call Passes Dental Care at 516-858-5921 today. You are worth it!