The worst time to see your dentist is when it’s already an emergency. You don’t want to wait to feel that aching throb in your jaw or that piercing sharp pain as you try to enjoy a delicious meal.
You should be able to savor that hot morning coffee or look forward to that cold and refreshing ice cream in the evening - without a nagging tooth sensitivity.
You can avoid these inconvenient, agonizing pains by watching for these 5 signs indicating - it’s time to see your dentist:
1. Discoloration - a stain, a cavity, or a DEAD tooth?
If your teeth have discoloration or dark spots, it could mean they are either stained, have a decaying cavity that’s rotting the tooth, or worse -- the tooth may be dead.
If it’s discoloration from staining, a simple cleaning will often freshen it up and make your smile sparkle again. Discoloration is a sign that you’re due for a cleaning anyway. During the cleaning, a good dentist should be able to assess the cause of the staining and give you tips to avoid further staining in the future.
If it’s a cavity, you want to catch this early before it worsens to the point of needing a root canal or some other surgical procedure.
If one tooth is turning a brownish or yellowish color and it’s a different color from your other teeth, the tooth may be dead. If a dead tooth isn’t treated right away it can lead to a pus-filled infection at the root of the tooth and seep deep into the jaw.
If you’ve ever had a toothache then you know there’s no amount of over-the-counter Tylenol that can ease the pain of an infection.
If you have any discoloration, see your dentist. It’s not worth the risk.
2. You can’t remember when you had your last check-up
Family doctors recommend their patients get a physical every year. They monitor you to catch serious health problems before it’s too late.
Seeing your dentist is no different. In fact, an easy way to make sure you stay consistent with cleanings is to schedule an annual dentist appointment around the same time you get a yearly physical. Make it easy on yourself.
Regular check-ups are the #1 way to prevent emergencies, to keep your smile shining bright, and maintain a healthy, bacteria-free mouth.
If you don’t remember the last time you got a cleaning or went to the dentist, it’s time to make that call. If you live in or near Beverly Hills, you can book an appointment with us here.
3. Bleeding Gums
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, this is a sign that you have gingivitis. Gingivitis is an infection in the gums that can spread to the bone around the tooth, even so far as your jawbone. If left untreated, gingivitis can eat into the bone at the base of your teeth.
Some people’s gums will bleed only when they floss, not necessarily when brushing. This is not normal either. This is an indication that you may have the beginning stages of gingivitis.
A healthy, clean mouth should not bleed. If you’re bleeding, see a dentist.
4. Pain or discomfort when eating sweets
We all love our sweets ... until it hurts to chew. There’s nothing worse than having your favorite dessert only to be ruined by pain and discomfort.
This problem usually causes pain in-between your teeth. You may have a cavity in the hard-to-reach area where two of your teeth are pressed against each other.
See your dentist before the cavity and decay gets worse. Then you can go back to enjoying your sweets without the guilt of doing more damage.
5. Wake up with a sore jaw, mouth, or teeth
Some people do the most damage to their teeth, mouth, and jaw when they’re not even conscious - they do it in their sleep. If you wake up with a sore jaw or sore teeth, there’s a good chance you’re grinding your teeth when you sleep.
Grinding, also called bruxism, can cause irreversible damage to your teeth. You can grind so hard to the point where your teeth crack. Cracked teeth become very sensitive and treatment often requires root canals, crowns, and other surgical procedures.
Some other symptoms of bruxism include depression, stress, earaches, headaches, and insomnia. Experiencing that kind of physical stress while your body is supposed to be at rest causes all sorts of problems.
Grinding can become a serious problem if left untreated. If you think you might be grinding your teeth at night, don’t wait to repair the damage when you can prevent it.
See your dentist to stay ahead of the pain, discomfort, and irreversible damage
These signs and emergencies probably sound like a horror series on late night television...
The BAD news - Every one of these signs will become a very real emergency if ignored and untreated.
The GOOD news - The horrible infections, decay, and painful experiences are all preventable if you catch them early. It can’t be stressed enough - don’t procrastinate. It’s not worth it.
These symptoms do not simply disappear. Unlike other areas of your body, your teeth can’t heal on their own. Make an appointment with your dentist immediately. Don’t procrastinate.
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