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6 Signs You Need To Go to the Dentist

Friday, August 28, 2020

6 Signs You Need to Go to the Dentist

When should I see the dentist? Most people go to the dentist two times a year for preventative care. If you haven't visited your tooth specialist in a while, it may be time to schedule a visit. If you have any of these symptoms, you need to see your dentist sooner rather than later.

These symptoms may be scary if they're happening to you, but we want to treat them so you can have a healthy, pain-free mouth. Make an appointment with our professionals at Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey (SDNJ) if you experience any of the following six signs it's time to visit the dentist.

1. Tooth Pain

2. Bleeding, Inflamed or Sore Gums

3. Mouth Injury

4. Tooth Sensitivity

5. Headaches

6. Adult Loose Teeth

1. Tooth Pain

A toothache can be so painful that you're barely able to think about anything else. More than 40% of adults have admitted to having tooth pain last year, and maybe you were one of them. Even though a toothache is a common symptom among the general population, you should go to the dentist when you have pain in your mouth because it affects your everyday activities, like chewing and talking.

Besides being irritating and hard to ignore, pain in your teeth can indicate a cavity, abscess or an impacted tooth. In more severe cases, it could be the early stages of gum disease. Go to the dentist to get an evaluation of your teeth to determine the cause of your discomfort.

2. Bleeding, Inflamed or Sore Gums

Your gums are the pink, connective tissue holding your teeth in place. Consult your dentist if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums: Gingivitis or periodontitis could cause bleeding gums. When not treated properly, gum disease can also result in bone loss surrounding the teeth and even a loss of teeth. If you have other symptoms, such as red, tender or swollen gums, take these as reasons to see your dentist.
  • Sore gums: If your gums are in pain, but you don't have any other symptoms, you might be brushing your teeth too hard or trying to implement a new flossing routine. After a couple of days, if the discomfort persists, make an appointment with your dentist. Even if it's due to how you brush or floss your teeth, a specialist may be able to give you some tips about making your daily cleaning routine more comfortable.
  • Inflamed gums: This symptom is the result of hardened plaque buildup under your gum line. It could also be a sign of periodontal disease or gingivitis, which could lead to tooth loss if you don't treat it early. Your dentist may recommend using mouthwash to remove the bacteria from your mouth.

3. Mouth Injury

People of all ages can experience mouth injuries in their teeth, tongue, jaw or gums. The dentist would even consider a small puncture or cut as an injury, especially in children. Here are some of the side effects of severe or minor mouth damage:

  • Knocked-out teeth: If you're involved in sports, the impact of a heavy ball or a violent arm could knock your teeth out. Consult your dentist after a dangerous accident that may have affected the quality of your teeth. Any injury you experience in your mouth can potentially damage a tooth's root. If you lose a tooth, your dentist can make dental implants to fill the gaps in your mouth.
  • Chipped teeth: An injury from sports or a fall could chip or loosen your teeth. You may also experience broken teeth from grinding your jaw at night or during stressful situations. Make an appointment with a dental specialist to assess the cause of tooth grinding or make repairs to your injured mouth.
  • Sores: Besides injury through an accident, you might develop sores on your mouth, such as canker sores, candidiasis, leukoplakia, and cold sores. These abscesses result from a bacterial infection that could've progressed from braces, broken teeth, fillings or dentures. If you have a sore that lasts more than a week, you need to see your dentist to find out why so that you can treat it appropriately.

4. Tooth Sensitivity

If your teeth are abnormally sensitive to hot or cold food items, it could be the result of worn fillings, broken-down tooth enamel or decay. Bacteria in the mouth can infect the tissue around the tooth and eventually destroy your teeth. This process of a bacterial infection describes how your teeth can become sensitive:

  • Dental decay from a bacteria starts at the surface of your teeth.
  • It advances into the center of the tooth, near the nerves and blood vessels.
  • When your tooth decay reaches your blood vessels and nerves, you experience pain when you encounter extremely cold or hot beverages and food.

See the dentist if you've recently experienced sensitivity to hot or cold, especially if you have other symptoms, like pain while chewing or detached teeth. You can save your mouth from cavities or more serious issues.

5. Headaches

The following issues in your teeth can cause chronic headaches:

  • Grinding your teeth at night: If you have soreness in your head or jaw, especially when you first wake up in the morning, you could be grinding teeth as you sleep. Some people also grind their teeth during the day when they're working on a stressful task, which can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. Your dentist can recommend exercises or create a device to wear at night to prevent grinding.
  • Cavities and infections: You may have headaches from a tooth infection or cavity. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to clean and treat your teeth so that you can reduce your head pain.
  • Wisdom teeth: These teeth can develop in your mouth during your late teen and early adult years. They can shift and cause headaches and other forms of discomfort. If your wisdom teeth give you pain, you should talk to your dentist about having them removed, especially if they grow in improperly.

6. Loose Adult Teeth

You lose your baby teeth during childhood, but your adult teeth should be sturdy enough to last you the rest of your life. If your teeth feel loose or they're falling out:

  • You could have an infection: Gingivitis or other periodontal diseases could cause the bone surrounding your teeth to decay, which may result in loose or missing teeth. You should go to the dentist if you notice widening gaps or slight movement in your mouth.
  • You're experiencing bone loss: Osteoporosis, bone loss that's common in middle or late adulthood, puts you more at risk of weak teeth. Consult a dentist for solutions to saving the integrity of your mouth, especially if you've recently developed a bone disorder.

Schedule an Appointment With SDNJ

If you're experiencing any of these signs, you need to see your dentist. If you're in Manalapan, New Jersey, request an appointment with us online or call 732-410-7101. Our specialized dentistry experts will repair your tooth issues and assess your pain to get you the relief you need.

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