Nobody truly relishes the opportunity to visit their dentist. While many of us actually go twice a year for scheduled preventative dentistry visits, many more of us make an appointment when there is a problem. Some problems are temporary, like bad breath or mouth sores, and others are more permanent and are definitely cause for concern. So if you’re wondering which of the signs means that you should really gather your courage and head to the dentist, here are a few signs that you shouldn’t ignore.
You Have a Toothache, Even a Little One
This one seems to go without saying, yet people put off going to the dentist for a toothache everyday. Popping Ibuprofen may help the symptoms of pain in the short run, but you have to remember that the pain is never a sign of something that will go away when it comes to your teeth. If it’s a cavity that has grown so large that it’s affecting the nerves, you need to address this immediately before it causes an infection in the nerve area which could lead to loss of tooth. Pain is a sign of an infection or abscess that results from untreated tooth decay, cracked or broken teeth or filling, or even from a gum disease.
Waiting for the ache to go away will not end in your favour. It will certainly just get worse, so see your dentist before you’re in pain and on your way to killing and losing your tooth.
Your Gums Are Bleeding
Bleeding gums can be the result of many things. Maybe you’re brushing too hard with a brush with hard bristles, or maybe you’ve just picked up flossing and you are noticing inflamed gum more than before. However, bleeding gums can also be indicative of gingivitis or gum disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. When plaque on your teeth at the gum line isn’t removed by brushing and flossing, this can infect the gums, causing them to be swollen and tender, which may lead to bleeding during brushing. In order to make sure you are treating bleeding gums correctly, you need to see your dentist, especially if this is happening on a regular basis.
You Suspect or Know Your Tooth is Cracked
You may not always be aware of having a cracked tooth, as hairline cracks in your teeth aren’t always visible. However, you’ll certainly know once you start feeling the pain.
Pain from a cracked tooth is usually erratic, happening mostly when you’re chewing, possibly with the release of biting pressure. You may also experience pain when the tooth is exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures. The pain often comes and goes, and you may not even feel it in the affected tooth.
Cracked teeth are caused by brittle teeth, grinding or injury. If you don’t have it looked at right away, you could face some serious problems in the future, including infections and loss of tooth.
Are you experiencing similar signs? Then you probably need to see your dentist pronto. To book an appointment for a check-up or any other dental service in greater Brisbane, call Showground Dental today on 07 3852 2882 or contact us online.