Have you been thinking you really should visit your dentist but just haven’t found the time? If you’ve waited too long, many issues could have developed since your last appointment.
Here are some signs you should visit your dentist right away:
Toothaches can be excruciating and when one occurs you may have to take pain medication to alleviate your discomfort. This is only a temporary solution. If you experience any form of tooth pain, even if the pain eventually subsides, you should see your dentist as the cause of the problem will not go away without proper treatment.
Persistent bad breath
It is normal to experience temporary bad breath after you’ve had certain foods or drinks. But if you notice that you have bad breath that is not improved by brushing and flossing, there is a reason to be concerned. Persistent bad breath could mean you have gingivitis and you should let your dentist check it out before the condition gets to an advanced stage.
Another indication that you need to see your dentist is inflamed or swollen gums. This is also a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it is wise to go in for a check-up. It is normal to see a few specks of blood when you floss (especially if it’s been a while) but if you regularly experience sore and bleeding gums, it may be an early sign of gum disease and you should visit your dental clinic as soon as possible.
White spots on teeth
White spots on your teeth could be an early sign of tooth decay. When you consume foods or drinks high in sugar content, the bacteria in your mouth combines with the sugar to create highly acidic plaque. This plaque attacks the enamel found in your teeth, causing a loss of minerals. This is when you will start to notice these white spots. This loss of minerals continues until the white spots turn into cavities.
Another sign of tooth decay is increased sensitivity. Sensitivity can occur when a decaying tooth is left untreated and the condition makes its way to the centre of the tooth to start affecting the nerves and blood vessels. Other factors, such as worn tooth enamel caused by aggressive brushing, could also be the reason for sensitivity. Your dentist will be able to identify exactly what the problem is and treat accordingly.
It is common for some people to get canker sores (shallow sores shaped like craters) which usually go away within a few days. In cases where you have mouth sores that just won’t heal, you need to let your dentist take a look. Mouth sores could be a symptom of infection, virus or fungus and your dentist will be able to advise and treat you.
You do not like your teeth
Do you wish your teeth were whiter or straighter? Or do you need dental implants to fill the gaps that missing teeth have left? If you are embarrassed, shy or, for any reason, unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, it might be time to see your dentist. Whatever the problem is, your dentist can help.
These are just some of the reasons to visit your dentist. But remember, regular dental check-ups can help prevent most dental issues in the first place. So, whether you’re a patient we haven’t seen in a while or you’re in search of a dentist in Surrey, call us today to schedule an appointment and minimize the risk of costly procedures later on.