5 Signs that You Need to See Your Dentist
We all have busy lives, running kids around, getting ready for the big presentation at work. However, you need to take care of yourself to take care of the others in your life! Often time, oral health is set aside in the hustle and bustle of life. Neglect of oral health can lead to bigger problems if minor problems go unaddressed. Today we’re going to share 5 signs that may indicate that it is time for you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Long.
1. Of course we’ll start with the obvious: a toothache! The discomfort and pain caused by a toothache can seemingly consume every aspect of your life. Making it hard to focus at work or impossible to sleep at night. We meet many patients who try to wait it out before coming to see us, but ultimately down the road the initial cause of pain may turn into a more serious infection. If you’re having a toothache give us a call ASAP so we can get to the bottom of it.
2. Bleeding/Swollen Gums: If you rub your skin does it bleed? No. Your gums shouldn’t either. If you have noticed red and inflamed gums that bleed easily it may be a sign of gum disease. It could be inflammation of gum tissues or could be linked to periodontal disease that is affecting the bone that lies under the gum tissue.
3. Sensitivity to sweets or cold and hot temperatures can indicate the presence of cavities or leaking fillings. It could also be related to gum recession or excessive plaque and calculus build up. If you are experiencing these symptoms do not wait to schedule an appointment.
4. Have you been noticing bad breath or that important people in your life keep a safe distance when talking to you? Bad breath can be caused by various factors including: gum disease, diet, or sinus infections. Mouthwash may mask the smell, but it will likely return without the root cause identified.
5. Pregnancy, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, and many other medical conditions can cause changes in the health of the oral cavity. Gingivitis is common during pregnancy and periodontitis may lead to low birth weights. Chemotherapy and radiation may cause severe dry mouth leading the formation of rampant cavities. It is important to schedule a check-up with us so that we can help plan and manage your oral health.
Dr. Johnson and Dr. Long would be happy to assist you if you are experiencing any symptoms or problems listed above. However, even if you’re not experiencing problems it is important to keep up with biannual exams and cleanings to maintain a healthy mouth and give us a good baseline for your oral health. Give us a call at 317-535-7141 to get your check-up scheduled today.