While it is recommended you visit your dentist twice a year to keep your mouth healthy, there are some symptoms that require immediate attention. North Dallas dentist Dr. Darian Hampton reveals five telltale signs you need to see a dentist right away.
1. Bleeding Gums
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, this could be a sign of periodontal or gum disease. If treated early, gum bleeding can be reversed and damaging effects such as tooth decay and tooth loss can be prevented. Inflamed gums may also be a sign of gingivitis and should be treated by a dentist to prevent the disease from worsening.
2. Persistent Mouth Sores
Mouth sores, including canker sores, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis, are common and typically heal within a few days. However, a mouth sore that lasts more than a week could be a sign of a mouth disease or infection. A mouth sore followed by a fever or constant pain, should also be checked out by a dentist immediately.
3. Chronic Pain
Toothaches are usually signs of a cavity but they also can be a sign of gum disease. The only way to determine the exact cause of the toothache is by visiting your dentist. Chronic headaches and jaw pain can also be dental related. If you have difficulty chewing or swallowing food because of chronic pain, try eating soft foods until you can see your dentist.
4. Dry Mouth
Saliva washes away food particles and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth. Dry mouth can occur as we get older, or it can be a side effect of certain prescription drugs. It can also be a sign of bacteria or tooth decay. Visit your dentist right away if you experience dry mouth constantly and for unknown reasons.
5. Sensitivity to Hot or Cold
Sensitivity or pain while drinking hot or cold beverages has many causes, including tooth decay, worn fillings, fractured teeth, gum disease and damaged tooth enamel. This symptom can also be a sign of a cavity, which your dentist can fill right away to avoid more serious conditions.
Contact Us Today
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, or simply want to schedule a routine checkup, please call Hamptons Dental today. Contact our North Dallas office at (972) 395-9292 and a member of our friendly team will gladly assist you.