We all need some TLC from time to time, right? But did you know that your smile also needs plenty of tender loving dental care too?
Keeping on top of your oral health can sometimes be a challenge, particularly when it comes to understanding the signs and symptoms that could indicate your mouth needs some much needed TLC!
But, in order to maintain a happy, healthy, and pearly white smile, it’s super important that you visit your dental care team for regular check-ups, as this will allow them to keep your smile looking its best.
And just because you brush your teeth twice a day and floss a few times a week, doesn’t mean that you don’t need to attend your dental care check ups! After all, if your teeth aren’t cleaned properly at least once a year, your risk of developing serious health issues such as gum disease and coronary artery disease increases significantly.
So we’ve created a helpful guide highlighting some of the signs that your mouth needs some TLC! All of the signs below can indicate poor oral health, so if you notice any of them, you should visit your dentist immediately.
Dental Care & Tooth Pain
If you’ve had toothache before, you’ll know that it’s incredibly difficult to ignore. And for many of us, when it hits, we’ll do absolutely anything to make it go away!
But toothache is a sign that there’s something not quite right, so even if the pain resides after a day or two, it’s still important that you book an emergency dentist appointment. This is because although your body may have fought off the infection, the root of the issue may still remain.
If your gums are swollen, painful, or inflamed, you definitely need to book an appointment with your dental care team.
Inflamed gums are caused by hardened plaque that accumulates under your gum line and it can often be a sign of Gingivitis or Periodontitis – advanced gum disease which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.
White Spots on Teeth
When it comes to staying on top of your oral health, it’s important that you find the time to examine what’s going on in your mouth. After all, you’re responsible for the health of your teeth and checking your mouth regularly will allow you to pinpoint any potential problems early on.
If you notice white spots on your teeth, this could be the first sign of dental decay – an infection in the tooth that causes the enamel to dissolve when it reacts to acid produced by bacteria.
Of course, sometimes dental decay can occur with no symptoms at all, which is why it’s important that you always visit your dentist frequently.
Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
Sensitivity is never ideal, especially when it comes to enjoying some of your favourite hot and cold dishes. But did you know that sensitivity could be a sign of tooth decay?
When dental decay first occurs, it affects the surface of your teeth and, as the condition advances, it can then begin to affect the centre of your tooth where the nerves and blood vessels are located. When this happens, it causes your teeth to become sensitive to both hot and cold temperatures.
If you experience any of these symptoms you should book an appointment with your dental care team straight away, so that the cavity can be filled.
Changes of Colour in the Mouth
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, once before you go to bed and another time during the course of the day!
And, when you do brush your teeth, take the time to take a quick peak into your mouth to make sure that everything looks how it should. You should get into the habit of checking your cheeks and tongue too. Keep your eyes peeled for any lumps, discolouration or inconsistencies, as these could indicate that something isn’t quite right.
Of course, if you notice anything out of the norm, you should always book an appointment with your dentist straight away.
You might experience a dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, for a whole host of reasons. Sometimes it’s part and parcel of getting older and often it’s a side effect of many prescription drugs.
However, it might also be a sign of bacteria or disease in the mouth, so it’s definitely worth visiting your dentist to get your teeth checked.
Dental Care & Headaches
The majority of people don’t associate headaches with dental care so you might be surprised to hear that the two are closely linked!
So, if you suffer from frequent headaches, particularly in the morning, this might be because you are grinding your teeth during the night. If this is the case, your dentist will be able to provide you with a night guard to help alleviate your chronic headaches.
No one likes to think that they have bad breath, right? But did you know that this could be one of the first signs that you are suffering from Gingivitis. If this is left untreated it can lead to tooth loss as well as a host of other serious health conditions.
With this in mind, if you suspect that you have Gingivitis, you should make an appointment with your dentist straight away!
Metallic Taste in the Mouth
Do you ever experience a metallic taste in your mouth that feels like you have just chewed on a bunch of coins?
If you do, this distinct metallic taste could be a sign of Gingivitis and possible Periodontitis, so you should book an appointment with your dentist straight away.