There are many oral conditions that require professional help for resolution. If you choose to ignore a symptom, the result can be costly and time consuming dental care. Patients that opt for regularly scheduled visits with their dentist are aware of the importance of taking care of their teeth, but even the most diligent individual can develop symptoms that should not be ignored.
Swollen, red or bleeding gums – Healthy gum tissue is firm and pink. If gums bleed without provocation, you may be dealing with gingivitis, the onset of gum disease. If your gums are bleeding due to a heavy hand when brushing or using a hard bristle toothbrush, you might invest in an electronic toothbrush that allows for more even pressure.
Chronic bad breath – Strong foods or beverages can lead to bad breath; but if a breath mint or mouthwash does not provide a solution, you may have a more serious problem in the making. Infection can lead to a sour smell – you may require an antibiotic or further treatment may be needed.
Discomfort – Gum disease can affect one tooth or many. But a toothache may also mean you have dental decay, a crack in a tooth, or infection. If discomfort persists, don’t let it go untreated allowing a small problem to become a bigger issue.
Sensitivity – Many suffer from sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods.This can occur due to gum recession or worn dental enamel. One solution is to use a toothpaste designed to help control the problem. But sensitivity can also be a symptom of a more serious condition … a cracked tooth or deep decay. A root canal may be required.
Mouth or lip sores – There can be many reasons why you may be dealing with a lesion, but if you use tobacco or the sore does not go away, see your dentist for a diagnosis. This dental visit could actually be life saving.
Healthy teeth and gums can impact your quality of your life. If teeth are broken or missing, or you are in pain, day to day living is difficult. Food choices become limited or you may be embarrassed to open your mouth in public. A visit to the dentist can correct existing problems; daily oral maintenance coupled with regular dental visits going forward are good preventive steps for healthy teeth and gums.