Your oral health is just as important as your body's overall health.  Certain signs can tell you that you need to visit the dentist.  If you are experiencing one of these five signs, call your dentist and schedule an appointment today:

1. Bleeding after brushing or flossing
Blood is the first sign of gum disease.  If blood appears on your toothbrush after brushing, this could be a sign of developing gum disease, also called periodontal disease.  This disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. If you ignore this, gum disease may lead to bone loss around the teeth or even tooth loss. 

2. Receding gums
Gum recession is a normal part of aging. 88% of people over 65 experience recession around at least one tooth.  But, if you are experiencing serious gum recession, you should be visiting your dentist.  Left untreated, you will be risking tooth decay, infection, pain and tooth loss. Visiting your dentist and catching this early will increase your chances of healthy teeth for life.

3. Dry mouth
Dentist can tell a lot about your health by looking inside your mouth.  A mouth is typically well lubricated, so if you are experiencing dryness that can be a sign of an underlying health condition.  Your dentist can determine what is causing your dry mouth and educated you on ways to get your mouth back to normal.

4. Loose or shifting teeth
Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime.  Movement or widening gaps can be a sign of infection or bone loss.  Visit you dentist to determine what precautions to take. 

5. Toothache
I’m sure we’ve all experience a toothache at least once in our lives.  Toothaches can be a sign of a cavity forming or other oral health conditions.  Sensitivity can have many causes: a cavity, abscess, broken tooth, damaged filling or grinding your teeth. Only your dentist can determine what’s behind the pain, treat the underlying issue and help you avoid future problems.

Top 5 ways to keep your mouth healthy

Brush at least twice a day for about two minutes each time.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles; firm bristles can damage gums.
Floss once a day to clean away particles from between your teeth and below the gum line.
Ask your dentist if you should use a fluoride rinse to help prevent decay.
Clean your dentures and retainer every day.

Oral health is an important part of overall wellness. Unfortunately, too many people neglect their oral health due to the high costs of dental plan coverage. A low-cost dental insurance plan can ensure that you and your family maintain optimum oral health at a surprisingly manageable monthly premium. Your personalized family dental coverage plan will be designed specifically to your needs by our dental insurance brokers.

At Cosmo Insurance Agency, we search for the best affordable dental insurance plans in New Jersey to suit your individual or group’s specific dental needs. We’ll take the time to ensure that you are covered at the dental providers of your choice.





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