5 symptoms that shouldnâ€™t wait for your next scheduled check-up
Maintaining the recommended hygiene visits should assist in staying on top of any problems that might affect our mouth, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aware of those symptoms that warrant a quicker appointment.
- Changes in color, from normal pink to a bluish red
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums, you may see some of the root
- Pus, odor or new spaces forming between teeth.
White spots on teeth
- Dental decay is essentially an infection in your tooth. The first signs are white spots that form in the very early stages. In most cases this is happening between the teeth and you probably won’t be aware of it, which is why regular checkups, including x-rays, are so important. Early detection may be able to stop the process before it develops into an actual cavity.
Increased sensitivity to hot and cold
- Once decay moves through the enamel and into the center of the tooth, you will likely begin to feeling symptoms, such as new or increased sensitivity to hot and cold or sweets. If this occurs, make a dental appointment as the earlier you treat a cavity the better.
- Persistent tooth pain generally indicates a serious problem. Even if the pain goes away after a few days, your body may have fought off an infection, however the basic problem remains.
Changes of color or texture in the mouth
- Take time during your cleanings to look at your cheeks, your tongue and underneath your tongue for spots or changes. Any changes in color, such as white or red patches that aren’t going away and are getting bigger, or lumps that have formed in places previously smooth, should be evaluated.
Many medications can make your mouth drier. Our saliva helps control infections that can result in cavities as they contain antibacterial properties. If you are taking medications, be vigilant in watching for symptoms. Early detection is not only beneficial to your oral health, it is often better on your pocket book.