It’s common knowledge that regular dentist visits should be a part of everyone’s preventative healthcare routine. Every 6 months is typically the recommended timetable for those who are healthy with no signs of issues. However, sometimes things may come up that indicate that something may be wrong. If you experience any of the below symptoms, we urge you to consider scheduling a dentist appointment to investigate.
1. Sore or Bleeding Gums
Healthy gums will look pink in color, and they’ll be snug against your teeth. If your gums appear reddish or start to separate from the gum line, this can be a sign of periodontal disease such as gingivitis. This is often accompanied by soreness, swelling, and bleeding. For many individuals, this is especially noticeable when you’re brushing or flossing, or even when you’re eating. If you experience these gum issues, it’s wise to seek a dentist’s professional opinion on the cause and how to cure it.
2. Sensitive Teeth
Some individuals have more sensitive teeth than others. However, more acute tooth sensitivity can be a sign of a more serious underlying issue. Lately, have you felt exceptional discomfort when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks, or foods that have high sugar content? These can be signs of issues like cavities, chipped or broken teeth, or defective fillings. A dentist can help to determine the issue at hand and provide a prescriptive plan for eliminating it.
3. Jaw or Neck Pain
Believe it or not, pain in your neck or jaw can actually be related to dental health. If you feel that you should schedule a visit with your primary care physician, by all means exercise that precaution. However, sometimes these issues fall in the realm of the dentist. For example. TMD, or temporomandibular disorders, often affect your bite, ability to chew and open your mouth, and can cause fatigue in your face.
4. Persistent Bad Breath
Persistent bad breath, or halitosis, is another condition that may not actually be related to a serious dental problem. Some people just have different breath! However, halitosis can also be a sign of underlying periodontal disease. If you find yourself consistently eating breath mints or chewing gum, you may be finding a temporary solution for a more long-term problem. A dentist can help determine the cause and help solve the problem from its root.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, it’s time for a dental visit. Call us today at 407-898-3471 to schedule your appointment and make sure your pearly whites stay healthy.