5 Dental Problems to Never Ignore
When was the last time you went to the dentist? We know a visit to the dental practice isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, and many people put it off far longer than they should. However it really is important to visit the dentist regularly to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible.
Dentists recommend that adults visit once a year and children once every six months, though this depends on the health of your teeth. Your dentist may recommend you visit more regularly.
There are certain dental symptoms that really can’t wait. If you have any of these five dental problems, please don’t leave them until your next scheduled appointment.
1. Increased sensitivity
It’s not unusual to have sensitive teeth, but if you experience sudden sensitivity or a sudden increase in sensitivity; take note! This is especially worrying if the sensitivity is in one particular area as this could be a symptom of decay or a cracked tooth.
2. Swollen or painful gums
The health of your gums is just as important as the health of your teeth. If yours are looking swollen or puffy, or if they’re feeling very uncomfortable, take this as a warning sign and visit your dentist.
3. Severe toothache
Trust us when we say that severe toothache isn’t something you should just put up with! If you’ve had severe toothache for more than a few hours, you’ll want to get a dentist to take a look as soon as possible. The pain could be due to an infection or tooth decay.
4. Pain in wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth can be tricky things. If you experience pain or discomfort, especially while the teeth are coming in, we recommend a visit to your dentist. Sometimes there’s just not enough space for them to break through. It’s also fairly common to get infections in your wisdom teeth.
5. A lost or broken tooth/filling
This one might be an obvious one, but we think it’s still worth including! If you’ve had an accident or bitten into something that’s caused a tooth to get lost or broken, you’ll need to see a dentist right away. This also goes for any lost or broken fillings.