It is easy these days with the busyness of life to put off those regular dental visits. While it’s best to be proactive about dental health and seek out care BEFORE problems arise, often times this is not the case. Even if it has been a long time since you’ve visited the dentist, it’s never too late! Let’s review some common symptoms that are important signs you should see the dentist ASAP.
Many people ignore tooth pain due to fear or lack of time. Nevertheless, it is important to have tooth pain evaluated by your dentist as soon as possible so that it can be treated in a timely manner. Some tooth pain may have simple, manageable causes. However, tooth pain is usually a sign of a problem that will become more painful, and more expensive, over time.
Lack of flossing and/or inadequate brushing are often the causes of bleeding gums, but, there is no way to know the degree of gum inflammation or gum disease without being evaluated by a dentist. Additionally, some systemic diseases manifest themselves as inflammation and bleeding gums. Let us be the judge of what’s going on!
Some people have more generalized sensitivity than others. Tooth sensitivity is often a sign of gum recession or damaged enamel. There are many ways to manage daily sensitivity and it is important to talk to your dentist or hygienist about what methods are best for you. However, some tooth sensitivity is a sign of decay or more extensive problems. Tooth sensitivity should never be ignored. If you have any question about why a tooth is sensitive, call your dentist as soon as possible to be seen.
Change in Tissue Color
Oral cancer is becoming more prevalent in patients of all ages. If you notice changes in tissue color or consistency, contact your dentist as soon as possible to have it evaluated. While it may not be cancer, you can never be too safe!
Medications or certain medical conditions are the most common causes of dry mouth, or xerostomia. The lack of saliva production in the mouth can lead to an increase in cavities. It is important to talk to you dentist about ways to manage dry mouth in an effort to prevent major dental problems. For more information on dry mouth, click here.
Headaches are caused by many different things. However, many people do not realize that consistent headaches are often related to clenching and grinding our teeth. Clenching and grinding increases tension on the muscles around the jaw, resulting in headaches. Many people clench and/or grind at night and notice headaches in the morning. Night guards are a good solution to this problem. Custom appliances are fit to the upper teeth to relieve the tension in muscles while patients are sleeping. For more information on night guards, click here.
The staff at Adams and Cheek Dentistry is here to help all patients. Do not be ashamed if it has been a while since you have had a dental cleaning or checkup. Most of all, do not ignore any of the above dental concerns. You can reach us by calling 919.866.1360 or click here to schedule an appointment.