Many oral health problems are sneaky and can develop without you noticing them. However, your dentist is trained to spot these sneaky developments, which is what makes routine dental visits so important. Even though there are some issues that can sneak up on you, there are some signals that your mouth could be giving you that there is a problem. This list of five common signs can help you notice when it is important to visit your dentist.
#1 Pain or Sensitivity
Pain from a toothache can range from tolerable to excruciating. Constant pain in your mouth is a sign that you should see a dentist as soon as possible. If your pain is caused by a problem with a tooth, it will likely continue to worsen. Rather than waiting for the pain to get excruciating, seek help early on. Pain in the jaw, face, or chronic headaches can also all be signs of a dental problem.
#2 Issues with Your Gums
Occasional bleeding of the gums is usually not something to worry about, but if it happens every time you brush, it is time to see your dentist. Red, swollen, or bleeding gums can all be signs of gum disease.
#3 New Spots or Sores
If you have a spot in your mouth or a sore that lasts longer than a week, it should be examined by your dentist. They vary in their severity and causes ranging from infection, oral cancer, or just irritation from a sharp edge of a broken tooth.
#4 Bad Breath
Bad breath that persists after brushing and flossing could be a sign of gum disease, infection, or even a medical condition beyond the mouth.
#5 It’s Been Awhile Since Your Last Visit
The general recommendation for dental exams and cleanings is for them to occur at least twice a year or every six months. Routine care can help prevent issues from being painful, costly, or even occurring at all.
Regular dental visits can help keep your smile healthy
If any of these signs appear in your life, it may be time to schedule a visit with your dentist. To schedule a consultation with our experts, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.