Too many people neglect their dental health assuming daily flossing and brushing will suffice. Such an approach only increases the chances of dental problems that impact the mouth as well as the entire body. Take note of the dental health warning signs detailed below and you will know right away if an oral health problem looms.
Dental Health Warning Signs:
Spots and Sores are Cause for Concern
A sore or spot in your mouth that heals in a reasonable amount of time should not prompt a visit to the dentist or doctor. However, sores and spots that do not heal in a reasonable amount of time often indicate an underlying health condition. Such wounds in the mouth sometimes indicate diabetes.
Those who have diabetes find it takes longer for their wounds to heal. If the wound in your mouth does not decrease in size or pain across a week or several weeks, it is time to meet with your dentist for an evaluation. Furthermore, sores and spots in the mouth are an indication of oral cancer. Oral cancer manifests in the form of white/red lesions in the mouth.
Bloody or Swollen Gums
Any sign of blood on your floss or toothbrush is a sign your dental health is far from optimal. Healthy gums will not bleed unless you brush with an excess of force. Gums are meant to hold the teeth in place. Gums are an important barrier to foods/beverages and the blood vessels, nerves and tooth roots.
If your gums are swollen or bleeding, it is a sign of gum disease. This means you likely have a considerable amount of bacteria in your mouth that spurs inflammation in the gums.
Do not Shrug off Tooth Sensitivity
Though some sensitivity will likely occur after a specific dental procedure such as the filling of a cavity or the placement of a crown, the rapid onset of sensitivity is a sign you should contact your dentist for an evaluation. Sensitivity to increases in temperature indicates a dental abscess might be present. Dental abscesses are bacterial infections of the gum or tooth by the tooth root.
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, that lasts beyond the consumption of a spicy snack or meal is cause for concern. Chronic halitosis is a sign you have gum disease and dental cavities. Your dentist will explain exactly what you can to prevent continued bad breath even if you do not have any signs of rotting teeth.
Alterations in Enamel
The erosion of tooth enamel is indicative of improper oral hygiene or excessive consumption of food rife with sugar, acid and/or carbohydrates.
Loose Teeth or Teeth That Fall out of the Mouth
Teeth that shift or fall out are an indication of gum disease. Tooth loss is also an early indication of osteoporosis that reduces bone density and weakens the bones. Tooth loss can also occur when osteoporosis impacts the jaw.
Why does this all matter?
For more dental health information or to schedule an appointment with Rocky View Dental Care, request an appointment in our Littleton dental office here: http://rockyviewdentalcare.com. Or call us at (303) 219-2053.
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