People are, generally, quite good at being in tune with their health and knowing when they are sick and/or might need to see a doctor. This is not so much the case when it comes to dental health, as people will tend to ignore issues and wait until they see their dentist for a regular checkup.
This is dangerous and a mistake because ignoring dental health issues can lead to larger problems and could even impact your overall health as the two are very closely linked. With this in mind, here are a few symptoms and signs that you may need to see a dental health professional.
Lost Or Loose Teeth
A lost tooth or loose teeth should never be ignored, and you should see a dentist as soon as possible as they may be able to save the tooth. Additionally, loose teeth or teeth that fall out is a sign of advanced gum disease, so it is important to see a dental health professional for treatment.
Mouth and Jaw Pain
Bleeding and Sore Gums
If you are experienced bleeding and sore gums, then this is another sign that you should see a dentist but are symptoms which are often ignored. Bleeding and sore gums indicate gum disease, which can lead to inflammation which can cause great frustration and discomfort.
Persistent Bad Breath
Bad breath is not always a sign of an oral health issue and is common from certain foods and drinks and first thing in the morning (dry mouth). Persistent bad breath (halitosis) is embarrassing, but could also indicate gum disease, or tooth problems. Bad breath can also signify other health issues, so a dental health professional needs to rule these out.
Sores, Patches and Lumps In The Mouth
It is easy to assume the worst when you have sores, patches or lumps in your mouth but more often than not, it will be something benign like a sore or fungal infection. It is still important to seek treatment, though, and to rule out oral cancer – you should never self-diagnose, but other symptoms of this include bleeding sores, hard spots and discolored tissue.
If you have dentures, you also need to be aware that there may . The most common reasons for this include a loose fit, pain and sores in the mouth, chipped and broken teeth and discoloration. You should always attend regular checkups and contact your denturist if you are experiencing any issues with your dentures (which is common).
Hopefully, this post will inform you of when you need to make an appointment to see your dentist. Dental health issues must not be ignored as they can get progressively worse, lead to tooth loss and other issues as well as impact your overall health.
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