Top 8 Signs You Need to See a Dentist

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Dentists recommend visiting the dental office at least twice a year for your normal cleanings and dental check-up. These regular cleanings are vital in keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy.

When oral health issues are minor and when your dentist knows about your oral health history, it is much easier to monitor or treat them.

There are several reasons why regular dental visits are an important part of good oral hygiene, but what are some of the other signs that you should visit the dentist?

Keep Your Eyes Open For The Following Dental Warning Signs

The following are eight signs that may indicate you need to see your dentist!

1. Tooth pain or swelling

If you notice pain or swelling in a tooth, it is important to seek care as quickly as possible to prevent further complications. It is important that you know where the sore tooth is located, how long the pain has been present, and what it feels like when you have the pain.

For example, does the pain change with your activities or when you eat? Also, is there any pus, drainage, or swelling present?

Take good note of these details and provide the information to your dentist.

2. Oral bleeding

When things change gradually over time they can be easy to overlook. The same can be said about your oral health, however, it’s especially important to keep a good eye on your mouth and take note of any changes.

If you notice a red or bloody discharge coming from your mouth or filling up in your mouth, it is important to see your dentist.

Your dentist will conduct a thorough exam to determine the cause of the bleeding and offer recommended treatments.

Bleeding could indicate a weakened tooth, tooth decay, or even gum disease. The sooner you visit your dentist, the sooner you will receive treatment and prevent the problem from worsening.

3. Changes in your gums

Gum disease can be a silent disease because it usually doesn’t cause pain. However, it can lead to serious health problems if it is left untreated. You should see your dentist if notice any changes in your gums, like redness, tenderness, or swelling.

Also, if your gums bleed when you floss or brush, you may have gum disease. Your dentist will examine your gums and possibly send you for a periodontal screening. This test measures the health of your gums and will help your dentist determine the best treatment for you.

4. Persistent bad breath

Although bad breath (halitosis) is a common problem, you should see your dentist if you have bad breath that cannot be eliminated through at-home brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. Bad breath may be caused by dry mouth, gum disease, tooth decay, or a medication you are taking.

Your dentist will do a thorough oral exam and may send you for a periodontal screening to help determine the best course of treatment.

If the bad breath is due to a medication you’re taking, you’ll want to contact your primary doctor and find out if there’s an alternative that you can use instead.

5. A chipped, cracked, or broken teeth

If you notice a chipped or broken tooth, you should visit your dentist and have it repaired as soon as possible. A chipped or cracked tooth may be caused by an oral accident or a sports injury. Cracked or broken teeth are more susceptible to decay and may need a root canal to repair the damage.

If you experience any tooth pain, you should see your dentist right away. Your dentist will conduct a thorough exam using dental x-rays to determine the extent of the damage and recommend the best treatment.

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6. A broken or missing filling

Cracked or broken fillings can be easy to overlook but can cause serious issues if left untreated. If you experience any tooth pain or sensitivity, it is important to see your dentist. Your dentist may need to remove the affected filling or perform a tooth extraction to prevent further damage.

If you have a missing filling, your tooth may become exposed to bacteria. Your dentist may recommend a crown or a dental bridge to protect your tooth from decay and protect your oral health.

7. Loose or fallen out tooth

If you lose a tooth, you should see your dentist immediately. Your dentist may be able to help you save the tooth or will need to recommend another treatment. For example, your dentist may recommend a dental implant to restore the tooth or tooth replacement.

Many people try to get by with a missing tooth due to the costs of replacing it, however, this can lead to serious oral problems. If you are missing a tooth, the surrounding teeth will try to fill the area, which will lead to teeth shifting and jaw pain. To prevent these complications, you’ll want to get your tooth replaced.

If implants are too expensive, ask your dentist about a dental bridge as they are typically less expensive.

8. Oral surgery or injury

Lastly, if you have recently had oral surgery or trauma to your mouth, it is important to see your dentist immediately. You may need to have sutures removed or have a protective covering placed in your mouth. If you experienced trauma from an accident, your dentist may need to remove sharp objects lodged in your mouth.

Be on the lookout for any of these warning signs. Catching oral issues early can save you from overly expensive dental complications as well as keeping your mouth healthy and your smile looking great!