Should you visit the dentist now, or later?
When Crystal’s tooth started hurting, she chose to forego seeing the dentist and instead used an over the counter numbing gel. Eventually, the pain got so bad she had to make an emergency dentist visit.
However, it was already too late, and the tooth was beyond saving. If only she had gone to the dentist sooner, an inexpensive cavity filling, or perhaps root canal, could have saved her tooth.
Over 26% of adults in America have untreated tooth decay. If you think your teeth might be in trouble, don’t wait to get the help you need.
Read on to learn 6 signs it’s time to see a dentist.
1. Stinky Breath
There’s a difference between having bad breath because you just ate a tuna and onion sandwich, versus having bad breath all the time. If your breath still stinks after flossing and brushing it’s time to visit the dentist.
2. Frequent Headaches
There are a few common dental problems that will cause frequent headaches.
Here’s a shortlist of dental issues that can lead to migraines:
- Loose teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
If your teeth are loose, it’ll affect your ability to bite properly. As a result, your jaw muscles have to work harder, which can cause excruciating headaches.
3. Hot and Cold Sensitivity
Next on our list of teeth problems, let’s look at temperature sensitivity.
Here’s when you should see a dentist for temperature-sensitive teeth:
- Sensitivity lasts longer than 3 days
- Both hot and cold hurt
- Sensitivity is more intense than usual
Temperature sensitivity could mean that you have an infection or cavity. Instead of letting things get worse, see a dentist as soon as possible.
4. Tooth Pain
If you have a persistent tooth pain that lasts longer than 2-4 days, you need to visit a dentist. Constant toothaches, and experiencing pain when chewing are both common root canal symptoms. Your dentist will likely refer you to an endodontics office that can perform the root canal.
5. Jaw Aches and Pains
There are a few different teeth problems that can cause your jaw to hurt. For instance, if you have an injured tooth or an infection, the pain can radiate into your upper or lower jaw. Periodontal or gum disease can also cause your jaw to ache.
6. Loose crowns or fillings
Moving on, there’s a variety of dental issues that can cause crowns of fillings to become loose. For starters, if there’s any tooth decay, the shape of your tooth will change, which can cause the bond of your crown to break free. It’s also not uncommon for old fillings to become loose after a decade.
Visit the Dentist as Soon as Possible
Congratulations! Now you know 6 reasons you should visit the dentist. After reading this article, do you think it’s time to give your dentist a call?
We hope this article will give you the push you need to go ahead and schedule your next dental appointment.
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