Something most of us have been forced to do since a very young age is dental cleanings twice a year, yet as we settle into adulthood we often tend to put this on the back burner. There are many different reasons for this; a busy work schedule, parenthood, kids activities; etc. However, eventually this will all catch up to you and you may seriously regret this later on in life. Below are 5 signs that you should make your appointment today:
1. Tooth Pain
Never ignore a toothache! If you suddenly start experiencing pain in your tooth, you want to get that looked at sooner rather than later. It could be as simple as a cavity or something more serious like an infection or abscess. If it’s a cavity, you want to get that fixed before it turns into a deeper cavity; this would be more beneficial to your pain tolerance as well as your wallet.
2. Sensitivity to Hot or Cold
If you’re experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold for more than three to four days, this should be addressed with your dentist as well. Similar to tooth pain, you want to treat this before it turns into a bigger problem. Your dentist might simply suggest a special toothpaste or in-office treatment for sensitive teeth.This could also be the cause of a cavity that is not yet visible.
3. Bad Breath
Although this is a common problem, it’s still important to let your dentist help treat you. Bad breath is one of the first signs of gingivitis, which could lead to tooth loss if left untreated. If you feel like you have bad breath even while practicing healthy dental care such as brushing and flossing twice a day, it’s a good idea to get seen by your dentist to find out the root cause of this and what treatment options may be available.
4. Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums while brushing can be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. If you’ve recently started using a new toothbrush or are flossing differently than before, there should be nothing to worry about. But if your dental hygiene routine has remained fairly the same and you start experiencing blood while brushing or flossing, that is a cause for concern and you should call your dentist to make an appointment.
5. Jaw Pain
If you’re experiencing an uncomfortable, dull, aching pain in your jaw, it could be related to your teeth. There are many culprits for jaw pain including TMJ, an abscessed tooth, an infection, teeth grinding, cavities, etc. There are treatments as simple as practicing good oral health care at home and wearing a mouth guard at night to more complex treatments such as surgically removing the infection and fillings. The only way to get to the bottom of this is to see your dentist and discuss your treatment options.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your dentist today to make an appointment. Stop making excuses and start putting yourself first by taking the first step in making your dental health a priority.
We invite you to call our office: Charmoy Dental Associates at (973)584-0008 to set up an appointment to a better and healthier you!