You know to schedule your regular cleanings and to call the dentist if there is an emergency. But what if something just doesn’t quite feel right? Is it worth a trip to the dentist? If you are experiencing pain or a new sensation that isn’t normal for you, you may need to schedule an appointment with a dentist. Dental problems that should be addressed by a dentist include:
Lasting Toothache: Toothaches are often minor and can be treated at home. If you have a toothache that lasts longer than a day or two, however, it’s time to see a dentist. In addition, a toothache accompanied by a fever or earache, or pain when opening your mouth should be addressed by a dentist promptly.
Jaw Issues: Ongoing pain or tenderness in the jaw can be the sign of a larger dental issue. Jaw pain can be a sign of sinus problems, a toothache, teeth grinding, infection, periodontal disease or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and should be discussed with a dentist.
Sensitive Teeth: Tooth sensitivity can occur for a variety of reasons—tooth decay, cracked teeth or worn-down fillings. If you experience tooth pain when eating or drinking things that are hot or cold, first try using dental products made for people with sensitive teeth. If sensitivity problems persist, contact your dentist for additional treatment options.
Mouth Sores: Sores on the mouth or the tongue that are painful, increasing in size or do not go away in a few weeks should be evaluated by a dentist. Sores can be a sign of a viral infection or oral cancer and should not be ignored.
Bad Breath: If you have frequent bad breath—more than just after eating garlic or onions—a dentist can help. Gum disease, untreated infections, and certain medical conditions, like gastric reflux, diabetes, or kidney disease, can cause bad breath. A dentist can determine the root of the problem and provide options for treatment.
Tender Gums: If you experience excessive bleeding, pain, or tenderness in your gums after brushing or flossing, you should make an appointment with a dentist. These gum issues can be a sign of gum disease, which left untreated, can cause bone decay and tooth loss.
Don’t put off calling the dentist if you are concerned about your dental health. If something is bothering you, call us today at 757-609-3510 or request an appointment online.