Some say a person’s smile is their best asset. Every time you smile, you not only show off your state of happiness but also your pearly white teeth and healthy gums. Obviously, if something’s wrong with your teeth or gums, smiling doesn’t come easy.
People tend to ignore their dental health. It might be out of fear of the dentist or out of not taking your dental health that seriously. Whichever the case may be, seeing your dentist is important for the following reasons:
1. Bleeding gums
You wouldn’t see blood in your gums when it’s healthy. But when it bleeds, it signifies something’s not right. It can be an early warning sign for Gingivitis and gum decay. Bleeding gums can also lead to tooth loss.
There are a lot of causes of bleeding gums. One is brushing your teeth vigorously with high hopes of achieving white and healthy-looking teeth. This intention may be good, but it surely can damage your gums, which are made of delicate tissues. Additionally, it can damage the enamel of your teeth resulting in a yellowish color. To avoid causing further damage to your gums, use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush teeth gently.
2. Toothpaste allergies
Getting allergies from a specific brand of toothpaste is very much possible, though this rarely happens. If you have minor burns in your mouth or painful peeling skin, it’s an indication that you have toothpaste allergy. If shifting to organic toothpaste won’t work, see your dentist to get the right advice.
3. Hormonal imbalances
Hormonal imbalances are also associated with oral health issues. This can be seen mostly in women when their menstruation is oftentimes accompanied by bleeding gums.
4. Tooth loss
Children don’t need to go to the dentist once they lost a tooth. A new tooth will grow to replace it, so they don’t worry and still can give their most gorgeous smile. For adults, they can only wish to be a child again and grow a new tooth.
Smiling is hard when you have a missing tooth. It robs you of your confidence and doesn’t make you feel at ease with yourself. Visiting your dentist is the only way of restoring your confidence once again. It’s also a way of correcting the cause of your tooth loss. The problem might be a serious one.
5. Dental implants
Once a dentist gave you dental work, like fillings, crowns, dental implants or dentures, seeing them regularly is important. Dentists need to check if the tissues under the dentures are healthy or if the dentures still fit right. A wrong fit may cause pain and eating problems, which is likely to lead to poor nutrition.
6. Medical issues
It’s crucial to visit your dentist when you have ongoing medical issues, like diabetes, eating disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and HIV. These conditions can weaken your immune system. With a weakened immune system, your gums may be prone to gum diseases.
The first signs of HIV are found in the mouth such as furry white lesions on the tongue and dry mouth. For diabetes patients, your gums are extremely sensitive and may take time to heal whenever a dental problem occurs.
7. Trouble eating
You may find yourself having difficulty chewing when your gums are swollen and painful. This happens when you just lost a tooth, have gum disease or dentures that don’t fit correctly. See your dentist immediately. Feeding yourself with soft foods can help you absorb nutrients while waiting for your doctor’s appointment.
8. Dry mouth
Don’t ignore it when the amount of your saliva is reduced. A prolonged dry mouth can lead to tooth decay or gum disease. Saliva helps flush away food debris from your mouth. Without it, this debris can stay in the mouth, which may encourage the growth of bacteria and plaque.
9. Smoking tobacco
Tobacco doesn’t only harm your lungs but also your dental health. Aside from bad breath, it’s also the culprit for oral cancer. To avoid further complications, checking with your dentist is necessary.
10. Jaw pain
Pain in the jaw can mean a lot of things. It can be a sign for a TMJ disorder, which is a result of an illness or injury, dental problems or other health issues. Your jaw holds your teeth and gums. Once a problem occurs in any of these parts, you may experience jaw pain. A toothache that is caused by a cavity or an abscess can trigger jaw pain so are cracked and crowded teeth.
11. Spots and sores on the mouth
Sores in the mouth are painful. They can be caused by increased body temperatures and vitamin deficiency, which are harmless and heal easily when treated quickly. However, for sores that don’t go right away, seeing your dentist is wise because it can be a symptom for a more serious health problem.
Even when you’re not experiencing any dental problems, a regular appointment with your dentist can go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. There are also things you can do to maintain your oral health. These include the following:
♦ Brush your teeth more often
Fruit juices are packed with nutrients that are helpful for the body. Yet, they’re also full of acids that may damage your tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth more often is a great way of getting rid of those acids from your mouth.
♦ Drink plenty of water
If you’re taking medications, you’re prone to dehydrate your oral cavity. Hydrate yourself by drinking loads of water.
Flossing is another way of getting rid of food debris and plaque from your teeth. Regular brushing isn’t enough since the bristles may be unable to reach these food remains that are hiding behind your teeth. Floss can do what your toothbrush can’t.
♦ Visit your dentist regularly
A dentist can do all the work that you can’t in terms of dental health. They help remove tartar and plaque. Most especially, your dentist is able to detect serious health problems that aren’t obvious in your eyes. Treating symptoms earlier ensures success in keeping yourself healthy.