We all know going to the dentist is a pain, sometimes literally. But your teeth are pretty precious –just think how much you use them every day. Giving them a bit of loving care with regular check-ups is a small price to keep them healthy and strong for years to come.
Here are just a handful of signs it’s time to see the dentist.
Bleeding gums are often caused from brushing or flossing too vigorously. It’s not a major concern unless you’re experience ongoing tenderness which can be a sign of something more serious. When plaque is not removed it can infect our gums which leads to swelling and soreness. These are the early signs of gingivitis or gum disease.
Superficial mouth sores such as ulcers will go away on their own, however, some could be signs of a fungal or viral infection. If you find whitish coloured sores on the inside of your cheeks, or on the gums or tongue, this could be leukoplakia, a disease that can increase the risk of cancer.
Jaw pain is frequently brought on by teeth grinding, something most of us do in our sleep without realising. Dentists can help prevent teeth grinding with custom-made mouth guards. Other causes include tooth aches, sinus problems or an incorrect temporomandibular joint (the hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull). If you’re experiencing jaw pain, see your dentist for a professional opinion.