5 Signs You Should Call Your Dentist

In addition to brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, standard dental practices dictate that we conduct dental check-ups twice yearly. But in between those visits problems can arise. How do you know if that pain in your tooth is a sensitivity or the beginnings of an abscess?  If you lose a filling, can you wait a few days before fixing it?

This article will give you the top five things that could happen to your teeth that would require a call to your dentist. Here’s what you need to know to help you make the right decision.

Call Truman Orthodontics if This Happens

Everyone is so busy these days; it’s easy to put things off. It’s easy to skip a preventative check-up, for example, because you aren’t having any problems – at least that you’re aware of. However, there are some things that can happen that require an immediate call to our team. Here are five that you shouldn’t ignore:

  1. Pain in your teeth, gums, jaw, or tongue. It’s easy to determine if you have a toothache. They can be quite severe. But what if the pain is just a low level ache? What if the pain is in your jaw or you’re not able to open your mouth completely? Do you hear a cracking or popping noise in your jaw when you yawn or talk? It’s important if any pain occurs in your mouth to call us. Even a low-level pain could quickly escalate; take the time to have it checked. That popping noise in your jaw could signify that you’re grinding your teeth at night. Don’t wait, call us.
  2. Are your gums bleeding? If you floss regularly they shouldn’t bleed. If your gums start to bleed unexpectedly, it could be a sign of serious gum disease. If your gums are swollen and inflamed, call the dentist right away.
  3. If you notice sudden sensitivity in your teeth to hot or cold foods, we should do an exam to see what’s happening, Sometimes your gums can recede, exposing the roots of the teeth and making them more sensitive. At other times it might be a filling that’s starting to go bad. Either way, we should check it out to be safe.
  4. If you notice an onset of bad breath that isn’t normal for you and doesn’t seem to be tied to eating lots of garlic, for example, call us. It could signify serious illness. It could also be your first warning sign that a cavity has formed or a filling is going bad. Or, you could be getting a sinus infection or gum disease. Don’t mask it with mouthwash, call us.
  5. If you’re experiencing other medical conditions, such as pregnancy, or are undergoing chemotherapy, or treatment for any chronic conditions, it’s very important to keep your dentist aware of your overall health and any changes that can occur.

These are all very common things that can occur and if any of them do, call Truman Orthodontics right away.

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