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5 Signs You Need to Visit Your Dentist

posted December 9th, 2019

Most dentists recommend a typical patient book an appointment every 6- months, but how do you know if you should wait that long or see your dentist before? We’ve listed some of the most common warning signs that it’s time to see your dentist.

Warning Signs to See Your Dentist

#1 Toothache

One of the most obvious signs that something is wrong with your oral health is toothache. Whether this is a sharp pain or dull aching sensation it’s important to get it checked out, as this could be a sign of an underlying problem and could lead to more complications if not treated.

#2 Chipped or Lost Teeth

Chipped or missing teeth can have a huge impact on your appearance and self-confidence. A dentist can repair chips quickly using a variety of treatments including fillings, inlays, crowns and veneers. Dentists can also offer you various options for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants - which are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, as well as dentures or bridges. It’s important to get your chipped or missing tooth seen to as quickly as possible so that the damage doesn’t escalate and any underlying problems, such as disease, can be treated before they spread. It is especially important to replace a missing tooth quickly so that the existing bone is preserved, and the surrounding teeth don’t move position.

#3 Bleeding

One of the early signs of gum disease is blood after brushing or flossing. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss unless treated early. Red, tender and swollen gums can also indicate gum disease, so it’s important to watch out for these warning signs when brushing your teeth.

#4 Sensitivity

If you struggle with food and drink that are too hot or too cold, it’s likely you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity. This is often caused by the enamel of your teeth having corroded away, leaving your tooth open to exposure. Your dentist can repair these cavities and help protect against the unpleasant sensation as well as advising on the best cleaning regime to prevent future sensitivity occurring.

#5 Dry Mouth

Although dry mouth is often caused by a range of factors, including medication, it can be a sign of an underlying problem such as disease or infection. If your dry mouth is persistent or particularly intense then it is worth seeking advice from your dentist.

Book Your Appointment Today

At Bite Dentistry we understand the importance of good oral hygiene and long-term oral health. It’s vital that you get any warning signs seen to, so that issues can be resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible before they cause further problems. Our quick and effective dental service uses the latest technique to offer a variety of treatments for your teeth. Find out more today and book your next appointment by calling us on 0131 228 4030 and or filling in our contact form here

Dr. Eimear O'Connell

BDS (Edin, 1992) MFGDP
DipImpDent RCS Ed FFGDP

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