As a child, you were forced to go to the dentist’s office every six months. Once you became an adult, though, you may have let these important regular appointments fall by the wayside. Life gets busy.
You think that, because you brush your teeth and floss twice daily, you can avoid dental visits. However, you should be making time to go to the dentist, especially if you notice any of these signs.
1. It’s Been Years Since You’ve Stepped into a Dentist’s Office
When’s the last time went to the cosmetic dentist? Can you even remember? If you haven’t been to the dentist in years, it’s time to make an appointment, even if you don’t have any symptoms. Regular checkups and cleanings don’t take up much of your time, and they help you prevent gum disease and other serious conditions. Prevention is the best medicine, after all.
2. You’ve Been Dealing with Tooth Pain
If you’ve been dealing with chronic or acute tooth pain, you know what you need to do. Simply picking up some Oragel and ignoring the problem won’t do you any good. If you wait too long to get a filling, you could end up needing an expensive root canal instead.
Even if the pain dissipates after a couple days, you should still make an appointment. Although the infection might have been fought off, the root cause of the problem remains—so the problem is going to come up again.
3. Your Gums Are Inflamed or Bleed Frequently
Inflamed gums are a bad sign and so are bleeding gums. If you haven’t been to the dentist for a cleaning in a while, you likely have plaque buildup under your gum line. You may have early signs of gingivitis or periodontitis. If left untreated, you could be dealing with tooth loss in the future.
4. Your Teeth Are Sensitive to Hot and Cold
Sensitivity to hot foods or cold drinks is a definite sign you need to see the dentist. Most likely, tooth decay is the problem—and it’ll only get worse, and more expensive, the longer you ignore it.
5. You Have White Spots on Your Teeth
One of the earliest indicators of dental decay comes in the form of white spots on the teeth. It’s caused when the enamel in your teeth start to dissolve due to the acid produced by bacteria. It’s an infection that can be caught early with regular dental visits.
6. You Have Constant Dry Mouth
Most people don’t associate dry mouth with dental issues. They usually think they’re just dehydrated. But if the problem persists, you may have tooth and gum decay. It’s better to have the situation checked out.
7. You Have Chronic Headaches
Think your constant headaches are caused by stress, a loud television, or a lack of sleep? They might actually be due to a dental issue. Many people grind and clench their teeth, both during the day and at night, without realizing it. This pressure can cause headaches to occur on a frequent basis. A dentist can set you up with a nightguard to protect your teeth and reduce your headaches.
8. Your Teeth Look Dark
Have you noticed some changes in your teeth? If you’ve noticed some light or dark brown colour on a tooth, you likely have a cavity. Over time, this colour progressively gets darker, and eventually, a hole will appear.
9. You’re Embarrassed to Smile
Your smile has a significant impact on your self-esteem. If you hide your mouth when you laugh or you always smile with your mouth closed, it might be because you’re embarrassed of your teeth. You don’t have to be! A dentist can whiten your teeth or place veneers in your mouth to improve your smile.
Do any of these nine signs ring true to you? If so, it’s time to make a dental appointment today.