Keeping your routine checkups is a great way to steer clear of surprise dental problems throughout the year. But if you’re not always that great about seeing a dentist, here are five sure signs that you need to call one right away:
1. A “Pimple” on Your Gums
These small, raised abscesses are an outlet for your tooth infection to drain itself. They’re indicative of a dying nerve. While some abscessed teeth can cause excruciating pain, others are completely symptom-free. If you notice one of these pimples on your gums, schedule an exam immediately.
2. Persistent Bad Breath
Halitosis (chronic bad breath) is a red flag for problems like systemic diseases (such as reflux, diabetes, etc.,) advanced gum disease, or tooth infections. Yes, it may seem embarrassing to talk about, but your dental team is one of your best resources at conquering that odorous issue once and for all. One of the worst things you can do is try to mask it with mouthwash!
3. Something Feeling a Bit “Off”
When it comes to your teeth, even the smallest of changes are noticeable. A microscopic crack or even the beginning of a leaky filling can alter the way your upper and lower teeth bite against one another.
4. Food Getting Stuck Between Your Teeth
Corn on the cob is one of the worst offenders when it comes to food getting stuck between your teeth. But if you’re searching for a toothpick after each meal, there’s a chance that an old filling or even gum disease may be a contributing factor. It’s best to have it checked out before a bigger problem pops up.
5. Visible Buildup
Once you start to see tartar and stain deposits across your teeth, there’s no way to brush them off. Each calcified particle is firmly set into the microscopic pores of your tooth. Thankfully, a routine dental cleaning can give you a fresher, brighter smile.
Routine checkups can help your oral health experts identify problems before they have a chance to get worse. If you spot one of these symptoms, it’s time to schedule an exam.
If you think you need an appointment, contact us today – at Knowlton Dental Associates, we’re here to help you.