Do you think you need to see a dentist but just aren’t sure? Here are a few things you need to be on the lookout for when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy:
Food Packing Between Your Teeth
After meals do you have specific areas in your mouth that tend to collect food? Is this something that suddenly started happening or has become so severe that you can’t enjoy a meal without a toothpick or piece of floss handy? This could mean that something has broken and needs to be fixed as soon as possible.
Sensitivity to Sweet, Hot, or Cold
Temperatures and sweet flavors can cause pain or discomfort in specific areas if there is gum recession, tooth decay, or an abscessed tooth. If you can pinpoint this to a specific tooth and other teeth don’t seem to be bothered by it, then you need to have an X-ray taken of the tooth to find out what is wrong.
Discomfort Caused by Chewing or Pressure
When pressure to a tooth causes pain or discomfort, it may be an indication that you have active periodontal disease or an abscessed tooth. A healthy tooth will not hurt when normal chewing pressure is applied.
Swelling Along the Gums
Inflammation along the gumlines or formation of “pimples” on the gums is not normal. This infection not only affects your teeth, it can also spread into other areas of your body and strain your immune system.
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Then it’s time to see your dentist for an exam to find out how to stop them before they become more severe. Call your dentist for a check-up today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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