Regular check-ups are a good part of oral health, but when else should you visit your dentist?
Dental experts agree that one of the best things you can do for your oral health is to visit the dentist regularly. A good rule of thumb is to visit your dentist for a check-up and cleaning every six months. (If your benefits plan doesn’t cover visits that frequently, be sure to speak to your dentist about other alternatives.)
But if you suspect there’s something wrong in your mouth, it’s always best to see your dentist at the first sign of trouble. The Canadian Dental Association says there are many warning signs for trouble in your mouth. Do you know how to spot them? And what to do if you find one? Use this guide to help you figure it out:
The problem: Bad breath
The Canadian Dental Association warns that the cause of your stink breath might be gum disease, food, drinking, smoking, medicine you are taking or a health condition. If you can’t get rid of it with daily brushing and flossing, see your dentist.
The problem: Bleeding gums
If you just started flossing on a regular basis, a little bleeding is normal. But if you bleed almost every time you brush or floss your teeth, see your dentist.
The problem: Dry mouth
Menopause can often be a cause for dry mouth in women, and it’s also a side effect of many common medicines. And it can make dental problems worse, so if you’re experiencing this, be sure to tell your dentist at your next visit.
The problem: A loose tooth
If you’re six, a loose tooth is cause for excitement, but for adults, loose teeth can be caused by either gum disease or a blow to the mouth. The Canadian Dental Association recommends you see your dentist right away if you have this issue.
The problem: Mouth sores, white or red patches, numbness or pain in the mouth.
These symptoms may all be signs of oral cancer, so see your dentist right away.
The problem: Sensitive teeth
Whether it’s sensitivity to hot, cold, sweetness or pressure, in most cases this kind of pain means something is wrong. Check with your dentist to see what’s wrong.
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