Many more individuals are taking care of their health with diet and exercise than ever before. They see their primary care physician once a year for routine checkups and may even schedule a yearly dental exam. This is all good news, but you can still end up needing an emergency dental care visit.
Things happen to your gums, teeth and mouth that will send you to the dentist, even if it is a most feared event for some. And your emergency will probably never happen during your dentist’s regular business hours.
Here are 4 reasons you should no longer delay visiting the dentist:
You may think pain in your teeth, gums or mouth would send an individual running to the dentist, but when you are either afraid or have no funds, you would be surprised at how much pain someone would put up with.
Continued pain, swelling, and/or bleeding of the gums is a serious matter. You should see your dentist immediately because an infection in the mouth or gums can lead to many other health complications.
Broken or Loose Teeth
Not only do broken teeth look bad, they are painful, even if a nerve is not exposed. You will begin to smile less or put your hand in front of your mouth when you laugh and people will notice. Having broken teeth not only affect your physical body, they contribute to your emotional state.
Eventually, a loose tooth will fall out, but not before it causes a lot of issues in your mouth. It is difficult to eat when your mouth hurts and if it is because of an unknown infection, you will need to keep eating to maintain your strength.
See Also: How to Strengthen Your Teeth
Bad Breath and Dry Mouth
If you notice a bad smell when you talk or open your mouth, even after brushing your teeth, you may have a rotten tooth or some other type of decay. Excessive dry mouth is another sign that something is not right within your mouth or with your teeth and/or gums.
Bad breath can be caused by various physical illnesses as well as certain medications, which is the main cause of dry mouth. However, it is important to rule out any issues with your teeth first, as this is the most common cause of bad breath.
Non-healing Mouth Sore
If you notice a sore in your mouth, a bump, red mark, a pale patch of skin on the inside of your mouth or tongue or a pimp-like spot, you should see a dentist. This could be a signal that something is wrong with your health and not just your mouth and teeth.
Your dentist will perform an oral cancer screening to determine if the lump is cancerous or something else. Early detection is the key to stopping the spread of oral cancer. You can also ask your dentist to show you how to perform a monthly cancer check on your mouth. This is another important preventative to keep your mouth and body as healthy as possible.
Learn More: How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?