It is important to take good care of your teeth because it functions in mastication aside the fact that it gives off a beautiful smile! That means regular check-ups at the dentist every 6 months, for a professional cleaning and a thorough exam. As you do this, do not ignore red flags in between appointments! Here are a few signs that might mean you need a dental check-up.


If your teeth are feeling sensitive, it could be the first sign of a cavity or an abscessed tooth. Never ignore a toothache! It is important to have your tooth evaluated quickly if you are suffering from persistent dental pain. A dental cavity can grow larger, resulting in a bigger restoration which will obviously cost more). If it is an abscess, the pain will only get worse, so visit a dentist as soon as possible.


Normal gums are not red, swollen nor bleeding. That is far from being normal. Irritation that occurs when you brush, and floss might be a symptom of periodontal disease. While bleeding gums can sometimes be a sign of overly enthusiastic oral hygiene habits (“aggressive brushing”), they need to be checked out at the dentists to make sure that the bleeding is not a result of gum disease. There are a lot of more sinister diseases that can cause the same symptoms. It is better to get this checked out as fast as possible. A dentist can recommend a proper treatment plan that will relieve your unhappy gum tissue and have you happy again.


Tartar in your mouth is not a good thing unless you are eating seafood. It is time to see a dentist if you have noticed hard, scaly deposits on the surface of your teeth,. Tartar build-up is oral bacteria growth that has calcified onto your teeth, which can lead to future tooth loss. It can also lead to tooth decay and canalization which could be very painful.


Your mouth might be trying to get your attention if you are suffering from persistently bad breath. Bad breath is not only embarrassing, but it is also a symptom of infection! It is also called halitosis. If that bad taste and lingering odour does not improve with a swish of mouthwash or brushing your teeth, then you should make an appointment to see the dentist. You have no idea what a bad breath could be hiding underneath.


It might be time to come in for an evaluation if you wake with throbbing discomfort in your jaw. There are many causes for ongoing jaw pain, including teeth grinding, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, a misaligned bite, and even an abscessed tooth. Going to see your dentist will clear a lot of doubts and come up with the appropriate diagnosis, and treatment can be started promptly.


Any of the above signs means you need to see a dentist, especially if the signs are persistent and discomforting. The earlier tackled, the better.

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