Every adult should see a dentist on a regular basis, at least annually. This will allow for a thorough exam and cleaning of the teeth so they're as healthy as possible. However, there are some times when you may want to make an appointment in between your regular visits. Note a few symptoms you don't want to overlook when it comes to potential problems with your teeth, and why it's important to see a dentist when you notice these signs.
1. Persistently inflamed and irritated gums
Your gums may become inflamed and irritated if you press too hard with your toothbrush or floss, or if you get seeds stuck in your teeth or eat hot foods like peppers. This inflammation should subside soon enough, so if you notice you have persistently inflamed and irritated gums then you need to see a dentist. This can be the result of hardened plaque under the gum line as well as gum disease. If ignored, the gum condition can actually lead to tooth loss.
2. White spots or pockmarks on the teeth
If you notice small pitting, white marks, or pockmarks on the teeth, this is often a sign of the onset of tooth decay. You may also be eroding the enamel of your teeth which can also lead to tooth decay and increase your risk of chips and breaking. Your dentist can often cover your teeth with a protective coating that will keep them strong and compensate for this loss of enamel.
3. Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
When your teeth are very sensitive to hot or cold foods, this often means that the nerves of the teeth are exposed. This may signal that you have tooth decay and, in turn, increased risk of tooth loss. You may need a root canal or even caps over your teeth to protect the nerves and dentin, which is the soft tissue under your tooth's surface.
4. Persistent bad breath
Persistent bad breath may mean that you're ignoring your oral hygiene, and this can put you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease. If you are not reaching your back teeth with your brush or not flossing thoroughly, this can allow food particles to remain which in turn means more germs and bacteria in your mouth. You may also have an infected tooth or infected tonsils, and this infection can be causing this odor. Your dentist can examine your mouth and find the cause of your bad breath and then ensure it's treated properly.
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