Warning Signs Not To Ignore
Life is extremely busy. No matter where you are in your life, it always seems like there is not enough time. Whether you have work, school activities, family obligations, or time with friends, it seems like there is never enough time in the day to accomplish the tasks on your to-do list. Unfortunately, busy schedules are often used as an excuse when dental care is not a priority. Routine hygiene examinations and cleanings are required not only to clean the teeth thoroughly, but also to monitor problem areas in the mouth. When treatments are postponed or delayed, you increase your chances of experiencing oral health complications.
Three Warning Signs Not to Ignore
Whether you have had a hygiene examination recently or not, it is important to pay attention to warning signs with your teeth, gums, and jaw. These warning signs can indicate a problem with your oral health that needs to be inspected as soon as possible:
This is a sign that your tooth enamel is compromised. Tooth enamel is the outer coating of your teeth, and when it is compromised, you may experience tooth sensitivity. Sensitivity issues can indicate a cavity, worn enamel, cracked teeth, or gum issues.
Changes to Your Teeth and Bite
If you notice any visual changes to the appearance of your teeth, such as color changes, chips, or cracks, it is important to see us immediately. Also, keep an eye out for changes in your bite or if your teeth appear to have shifted.
Bleeding and Swollen Gums
It is not uncommon to have bleeding gums from time to time, especially if food has been trapped between the teeth. However, if you notice you are frequently experiencing bleeding gums, it can be an indication you may be suffering from gum disease. Unfortunately, gum disease does not have many warning signs, so it is important to visit our office if you have gums that bleed or appear swollen frequently.
If you experience any of the warnings mentioned above be sure to contact our office located in Terre Haute, IN to schedule an appointment. The sooner we can see you, the better chance you have of avoiding a serious dental emergency.