Dental checks are a part and parcel of life, just like getting checked out by the doctor or seeing the optician for vision checks.
However, not everyone is so eager when it comes to getting check-ups, which is a problem if there are issues underlying that aren’t obvious.
With that being said, here are five signs that may mean a trip to the dentist is required.
Bleeding gums are always a terrifying sign that many can experience from brushing too hard around the gum area. However, if this is happening regularly, even without brushing hard, then this could be a sign of gum disease or problems with the gums that need addressing.
The last thing that anyone wants is for bleeding gums to go untreated and it ends up causing infections or loss of teeth as a result.
Teeth feel extra sensitive
Teeth sensitivity is something that many can suffer from and for the most part, it can be normal when the enamel has worn down.
Sensitivity in the teeth can be extremely painful at times, especially when it comes to extra cold or hot drinks and food. However, the more sensitivity that’s felt, the more damage that’s likely to have been done to the teeth.
It’s always good to get the teeth checked out when the teeth are feeling extra sensitive, to the point where it’s causing pain.
Tooth or gum ache
Talking of pain, there’s nothing quite worse than experiencing tooth or gum ache. It’s a good thing to be mindful of when it comes to looking after the teeth. If there are any signs of tooth pain or gum ache that crop up suddenly and don’t seem to go away, get it checked by the dentist.
Even if it’s not time for the annual checkup, getting the tooth or gum ache seen too sooner, is better than waiting the months it may take to get seen for the annual checkup.
Loose or loss of tooth
It’s the worst-case scenario that can occur when gum and dental checks aren’t done routinely. Loose teeth or a loss of teeth isn’t something that’s desired as an adult. Adult teeth, after all, don’t grow back and there’s no tooth fairy in sight to offer a reward.
If there are loose teeth or you’ve lost a tooth recently, get booked into the dentist as soon as possible.
A smelly breath can be a problem and often enough, it can be eradicated by incorporating additional cleaning products such as mouthwash and dental floss. However, smelly breath can also be the result of rotten or infected teeth. It’s important to get this checked out if there’s a noticeable smell coming from the mouth.
Look after the teeth this year and beyond
As we get older, our teeth deteriorate, as does the rest of the body. Make sure that the teeth are looked after we proper brushing, the use of mouthwash and dental floss, as well as seeing a dentist once a year.