When was the last time you have been to the dentist?
The recommended frequency of dental visits should be once every six months, but this is hard to achieve for many of us.
Sometimes, we get too busy and preoccupied with day-to-day life and a visit to our San Diego dentist takes a backseat, all too often forgotten.
For some of us, a visit to the dentist is as scary today as when we first went as kids.
But there just are some dental issues that absolutely can’t be avoided and that require immediate attention from your dentist.
Normally it’s a nasty toothache, but did you know that there are a lot of other symptoms that should be a cause of concern?
You’ll be surprised at how normal these ‘little symptoms’ seem and at how important it is to have them checked by our San Diego dentist.
When to Visit Your San Diego Dentist:
Bad Breath and Unusual Taste in The Mouth:
There are two kinds of bad breath: the normal kind and the recurring kind, the latter of which should be a cause of concern.
If you have a sudden change in the smell and taste of your mouth, and it has nothing to do with what you ate (or drank, or smoked), then you must visit your dentist. It could be a sign of gum disease, cavities, or even GERD.
Mouth Sores That Do Not Seem to Heal:
Mouth sores are common. They come and go, especially when your body is trying to adjust to natural changes in chemical composition or even changes in the weather.
Normally, mouth sores should heal within two weeks; if they linger longer than that, you should definitely go see your San Diego dentist.
Mouth sores are one of the first signs of mouth cancer, but it should appear along with other symptoms.
Visiting the dentist is only a safety barrier, just to rule out anything serious.
Pain, Swelling, and Bleeding in the Gums:
Any form of pain or swelling is an indication that something is wrong.
It could mean a gum infection, cavities, or gum disease.
The first sign of tenderness or swelling, accompanied by some discoloration in that specific gum area, should send you to your dentist right away. Gum problems, when neglected, could cause tooth loss.
Teeth sensitivity is characterized by a sudden jolt of pain when eating/drinking hot, cold, or sour food/drinks.
It is always an indication of nerve damage and should be seen by your dentist immediately.
Chronic Dryness of Mouth:
The saliva in the mouth is there for a reason, one being that it contains a lot of antiseptic properties that help maintain the mouth’s bacterial and chemical equilibrium.
If you experience dry mouth too frequently and too long at a time, you should visit your San Diego dentist >ASAP. It could be a sign of an underlying condition.
For your San Diego dentist needs, there’s always Irresistible Smiles. Contact us today at (858) 755-8993 to set up an appointment!