Having an appointment with your Samaritan Dental dentist every six months is the key to good oral health. But if you think that your oral health is not at its best, then probably its time you visit your dentist so that your gums and teeth are assessed. If you experience the following dental signs and symptoms, then you need to book an appointment with your dentist:
It’s very difficult to ignore tooth ache. When you are hit by a tooth ache, you are willing to do almost anything to have it treated. It is obvious there is something wrong if you are experiencing pain in your tooth but it may be more serious than you think. Even if the ache disappears after a day, you should still arrange to see a dentist. Your body might have fought off the infection; however the root cause will still remain.
If you have swollen and inflamed gums, you should book an appointment with a dentist. An inflamed gum is caused by a hardened plaque which has accumulated under the gum line. An inflamed gum may often be a sign of periodontitis or gingivitis. These are more advanced conditions that may lead to loss of teeth if not treated early.
White Spots on Teeth
The first sign of dental decay is always white spots on the tooth. Dental decay is the infection in the teeth where enamel starts to dissolve as a result of the acid produced by bacteria. Tooth decay may occur without any symptoms (more so at the beginning) which is the reason why frequent dental appointments are necessary.
Other signs of dental problems that should prod you to book an appointment with a dentist include the following:
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitive teeth more so when chewing or drinking something cold or hot
- Difficulty in chewing
- Persistent bad taste in your mouth or bat odor (medically referred to as halitosis)
- Teeth that are susceptible to falling out or breaking
You do not have to wait till you see these signs. In order to maintain a healthy oral mouth, always make sure you see your dentist once every six months. The above signs start to appear at advanced stage of deteriorating oral health.