5 signs that you should visit your dentist
Certain symptoms should be a cause for concern and trigger you to schedule an appointment at the dentist.
If you are currently managing a chronic condition like diabetes, oral symptoms can be a sign of something more serious.
Here are five signs that you should visit your dentist:
Bleeding after brushing
If your gums bleed after you brush or floss, it can be a sign that you are developing gum disease. Gum disease can lead to bone loss around the teeth. Other symptoms include swollen gums or discharge between your teeth and gums.
Receding gums can be a sign of gum disease. When your gums start to recede, they can show the sensitive roots of your teeth. The earlier you catch gum disease, the better.
Dentists can tell what underlying health conditions you may have just by looking in your mouth. Having a dry mouth can be a sign of illness. Your dentist can suggest ways on how to lubricate your mouth.
If you see that your teeth or moving or gaps are widening, contact your dentist. The movement of your teeth can suggest infection or bone loss.
A toothache can be a sign of many things: a cavity, abscess, broken tooth, damaged filling or grinding your teeth. Dentists are knowledgeable on the root of the cause and can aid in fixing the underlying problem.
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.
If you wear dentures, clean them every day. Remove stains and plaque buildup that can irritate your gums. Take dentures out when you sleep to help your gums stay healthy
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