Dental checkups every six months are something we know we need to do, but sometimes these bi-annual trips to the dentist aren't enough to prevent dental issues. Fortunately, the human body functions in an incredible way, providing you with signs and symptoms whenever an extra (maybe urgent) appointment is necessary.
These red flags vary from person to person and also depend on the type of dental problem you’re dealing with. Here’s a quick list of them:
If you notice a pain or puffiness in your mouth that's been persisting for a couple of days, see your dentist immediately. It could be a sign of gum disease, decay, a cracked tooth, or an infection. If left untreated, these problems can lead to more severe issues, to tooth loss. Don’t hesitate when it comes to pain or swelling- especially if the symptoms are disrupting your sleep pattern.
Undoubtedly, a wiggly tooth is natural for six year-old. But when you’re an adult, that's abnormal and you need to see a dentist about it. Usually, gum diseases are the number one cause of loose teeth; certain types of gum disease also leave you at risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. And since gum or periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, it’s important not to ignore the wiggly tooth.
If you notice an unexplained, persistent lump, white or red patch of skin, mouth sore and ulcer that lasts for several weeks on your lip, gum, or mouth, schedule a dental appointment fast. These can be signs of mouth cancer.
An early diagnosis of oral cancer can save your life, leaving you a much better chance of recovery. That’s why it’s recommended to have a dental check-up at least once per year so your dentist can detect any early signs of oral cancer.
At Brooklyn City Dental, we can guide you on how to do a self-exam. It’s not difficult, a mirror and good lighting are all you'll need.
Halitosis, typically known as bad breath, could be a result of that sliced onion you had on your burger at lunch. Or it could possibly mean that you’re not looking after your gums and teeth properly and that there are bacteria living and growing in there. Sometimes, foul breath also signals other health problems like throat or lung infections, tooth decay, gum disease, sinusitis or an abscess. A bad taste in the mouth can be a symptom of an oral infection, as well.
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned signs, don’t wait and schedule a time to see your dentist.