Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Signs you need to visit your dentist

Hi everyone,

Signs you need to visit your dentist
We’ve all done it – put off visiting the dentist. But for many, it’s something we put off to the last minute because we don’t feel any aching or discomfort. But then, by the time we are uncomfortable and in pain, it’s too late!
Here you’ll find a list of the most common signs that you may need to see a dentist.
Remember: If any of these seem familiar, then get in touch a private dentist or your local NHS dentist before the dental pain or discomfort gets worse.
Tooth pain
It’s incredibly hard to ignore tooth pain. When a toothache hits, you’re willing to do anything to get it treated. It’s obvious there’s something wrong if you’re experiencing tooth pain but it might be more serious than you think. Even if the pain resides after a day or two, you still need to see your dentist. Your body may have fought off the infection but the root cause of it still remains.
Inflamed gums
If your gums are swollen and inflamed you definitely need to book an appointment with your dentist. Inflamed gums are caused by hardened plaque that has accumulated under your gum line. Inflamed gums can often be a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis (a more advanced condition which can lead to tooth loss if not treated early enough).
White spots on your teeth
White spots on your teeth are the first signs of dental decay. Dental decay is an infection in your tooth where the enamel begins to dissolve in response to acid produced by bacteria. Tooth decay can often occur with no symptoms (especially at the beginning) which is why regular dentist appointments are critical!
Sensitivity to hot and cold
If you’re experiencing an increased sensitivity to hot and cold, tooth decay is a good possibility. When dental decay first occurs, it affects the surface of your teeth. As the condition advances it makes its way into the centre of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels are located. This is when you start experiencing pain in response to hot and cold temperatures. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, book a dentist appointment immediately to get your cavity filled. The earlier you treat the cavity, the less likely it will develop into something more serious.
Dry mouth
Dry mouth can occur for a few different reasons. Sometimes, a dry mouth comes with age. It’s also a common side effect with many prescription drugs. However, if there’s no explanation for sudden dry mouth symptoms, it’s important you see your dentist. This could be a sign of bacteria or disease in the mouth.
Experiencing headaches
Most people don’t associate headaches with oral care but the two can be very closely related. If you’re experiencing frequent headaches (especially in the morning) you might be grinding your teeth in the night. Your dentist can provide you with a nightguard (a mouth guard you wear at night) which should help alleviate your chronic headaches.

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