There are simple reasons you go to a dentist, and there are emergency reasons too. How should you know and what should you do? A yearly and/or quarterly check up isn’t actually enough, you should know more to be more guarded. If you check in one or more of our red alerts below, go to a dentist pronto.
Red Alert # 1: Tooth Pain, bleeding or aching gums
Tooth pain or tooth aches are very common among the countless mouth/dental problems. If you are suffering from tooth pain, you certainly must go to a dentist. This might be because of a lot of possible reasons. One is tooth decay which is an effect of bacteria formation. Another is gingivitis, which is a problem in the gums, but is obviously and closely related to your teeth. One of the symptoms of gingivitis is bleeding gums, and aching gums. If this is left untreated, it can lead to periodontitis that can lead to tooth loss and more other serious conditions.
Red Alert # 2: Constant Headaches
This can be a bit tricky, but they are closely related. Headaches can possibly be an effect of grinding your teeth while you are sleeping, so most probably you will experience headaches in the morning if you are suffering from Bruxism. To avoid this, you can use a mouth guard at night. Also, you should visit your dentist so he/she can suggest more ways to alleviate these issues and problems.
Red Alert # 3: Canker Sores
Canker sores or an ulcer to the mouth or lips is usually normal in some people if you experience this only within a period of time. But if you are suffering from canker sores (especially if this is accompanied by fever and pain), you should definitely pay your dentist a visit.