5 Oral Symptoms You Should NOT Ignore
Five Oral Health Indicators To Watch Out For
The recommended minimum of two routine dental visits a year is a great start to maintaining your oral health.
However, even if you are a consistent patient and attend your regular check-ups, things can still change before your next appointment.
After all, your teeth are in constant use, and are always changing, so it's important to know what changes to look for and when to call your dentist.
There are a few symptoms - that should you experience any of them - it is strongly urged to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
The five symptoms that should cause you to schedule an appointment ASAP are:
1. Changing gums
2. White spots on teeth
3. High sensitivity to hot and cold
4. Tooth pain
5. Changes of color or texture in your mouth
Let's take a look into each of these symptoms and why they are causes for concern...
1. Changing Gums
Any of changes in gums could be a sign of possible gum diseases such as gingivitis (inflammation of gums) or periodontitis (more advanced gingivitis that could lead to tooth loss).
Look out for the following differences in your gums:
- Changes in color - the normal color of your gums is pink
- Swollen gums - they will have a spongy feel to them
- Receding gums (teeth may appear bigger; could show roots of your teeth)
- Any pus, odor, or spaces forming between teeth
2. Spots on Teeth
White, brown, or black spots on your teeth could possibly mean dental decay.
Dental decay spots start out white, and turn colors depending on length of decay or collecting stains from digested foods/liquids.
Dental decay is treatable if caught early enough with regular checkups and X-rays.
If caught early, this could prevent the formation of a cavity.
3. High Sensitivity to Hot And/Or Cold
If you notice that a tooth is extremely sensitive to hot and cold (think throbbing pain when the infected tooth comes in contact with a hot or cold substance), this means that a possible infection has spread to center of your tooth.
The center of your tooth is where all the nerves are located.
As with any of these symptoms mentioned, call your dentist.
Although this could be a result of night time grinding, it is best to get it checked out - just to be on the safe side.
4. General Tooth Pain
Toothaches come in varying degrees of hurt: from mild throbbing to extreme nerve pain.
Any and all pain should be treated with the same caution.
A constant pain may mean that there is a serious problem.
It could also mean tooth sensitivity or pus forming nearby.
Even if the pain goes away after a day or two, do not think that your tooth is back to normal.
You could still have a problem and should mention it to your dentist, your body could have fought off an infection that could return.
5. Changes in Color or Texture in Mouth
If you notice any changes in the color or texture of your mouth, you should have them looked at by your dentist.
One of the most common oral illnesses is thrush - a yeast infection in the mouth and on the tongue.
A signal of thrush is white lesions on your tongue, sides of your mouth, and back of your throat.
White patches aren't the only change you should be on the lookout for; changes of color, red patches, or newly formed lumps are other things that signal something is wrong.
Potential signs of oral cancer include lesions, lumps, and sores in the mouth that are still not healed after a couple of days.
Anything that wasn't there before is something to notify your dentist of.
With any of these signs, the most important first step is to call your dentist.
The best thing you can do for your health is to get dental help as soon as you start noticing one of the above symptoms.
Catching a damaged tooth or an oral disease in the early stages is crucial to fighting off an infection.
Experiencing one of these symptoms?
Call our office now for the sake of your oral health!
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