Many adults don’t bother to get their teeth checked out until they’re facing a potential dental health crisis. Of course, this isn’t the ideal way to address dental health — you’ve let what could have been a simple problem grow into something that could cause permanent damage.
That’s why you need to be constantly on the lookout for any common warning signs that your teeth may have something going on with them that merit professional attention. Should you encounter any of the following make an appointment with your dentist right away.
Don’t wait for a tooth to fall out entirely before giving us a call – any unusual movement or feelings of looseness are signs of a serious problem. If you do feel as if a tooth is loose, avoid putting any pressure on it until you’ve had it checked out.
Bleeding gums are the number one indicator of gum disease, though they are usually ignored. A little blood on the toothbrush may not seem serious, but left to manifest, gum disease could end up costing you one or more of your teeth. When you floss, especially if you’ve missed a few days in a row, you can cause slight bleeding but that isn’t a concern unless it continues day after day with every flossing.
Each person’s gums and teeth have a different level of sensitivity to things like hot and cold, or even vibration. You know how sensitive your teeth and gums are, so if at any time you suddenly find an area of your mouth feeling much more sensitive than normal, you need to call us.
And finally, bad breath can be a warning sign of something much more serious. From rotting teeth to gum disease to all manner of infections, bad smells originating from the mouth should never be ignored. We’re not taking occasional bad breath from the garlic burger you had for lunch, but more endemic bad breath that is a regular occurrence.