There are times when a patient will come in to see us at Gladstone Family Dentistry and let us know they have been living with symptoms that are not only painful – they are dangerous. Often such patients will start the conversation with “I’ve been feeling this pain for a while” or “Oh, my teeth have looked like that for ages.”
Dental problems will never “just go away.” They will only get worse as time goes on. So, here are ten signs that you need to get your visit scheduled with us right away:
- Tooth or gum pain
Your teeth should not hurt and neither should your gums. If you are experiencing a toothache, any number of problems could be occurring within your tooth. You may have a cavity; you could be grinding your teeth, or you could have abscessed tooth.
Gum pain and tooth pain may also be related. If you have not had a cleaning in a long time and have lots of plaque build up, it’s possible you are suffering from gingivitis or periodontal disease. Both issues can cause pain as well as swollen or bleeding gums.
Don’t suffer and hope the pain just fades out. Come on in and let us help you resolve your dental problems.
- A chipped or cracked tooth
Injuring your mouth can cause pain and may damage the root of your tooth. The severity of your oral injury cannot be determined without a dental appointment.
- Tooth sensitivity
Sudden temperature sensitivity or pain when you put something hot or cold in your mouth can indicate a cavity or a defective filling. Don’t keep suffering – head on over to your dentist and get the problem resolved.
- Extreme discoloration or white spots on your teeth
Some discoloration of your teeth will happen over time, especially if you smoke or drink coffee or wine. However, if your teeth become suddenly discolored, or you see white spots developing on your teeth, make an appointment to see your dentist. It’s possible that you simply want to consider teeth whitening, or you could have issues with your existing tooth enamel that need to be addressed right away.
- Canker sores
A canker sore once in a blue moon is usually nothing to worry about. But if canker sores are a constant problem for you, it’s possible that there is something more serious going on. Chronic canker sores can indicate stress, Temporomandibular Jaw Disorder, cancer, and other medical issues.
- Chronically bad breath
If you are always getting bad breath for no apparent reason, it’s time to see a dentist. You may be developing gum disease that can be treated before it becomes dangerous.
- Neck or jaw pain
Usually, neck or jaw pain comes from an injury, but it can also be a sign of Temporomandibular Jaw Disorder. This is a condition that can cause tooth loss if it is not caught early.
- Unexplained dry mouth
Dry mouth can have many causes. It may be a side effect of medication you are taking or come from smoking. However, dry mouth can also be a symptom of disease or infection. If you are experiencing dry mouth that has no easy explanation, schedule an appointment with us.
- Chronic headaches
Not all headaches are caused by dental problems, but they can indicate that something is wrong with your oral health. You may get a headache when your wisdom teeth have begun to grow in or if you are grinding your teeth at night. Both of these conditions can be resolved rapidly if you head over to the dentist.
- A metallic taste in your mouth
If your mouth tastes like you have been chewing on pennies, it’s time to book your appointment with the dentist. This is a symptom of gingivitis or periodontitis. Both of these conditions can lead to infections in vital organs like the heart. They can be treated, but you do need to get your treatment started right away.
Your dental health is important to us here at Gladstone Family Dentistry! You don’t need to live in dental pain or worry that there is something wrong with your oral health. Just book your appointment with us and find out what is going on with your mouth.