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7 Signs It's Time to Visit the Dentist ...

I don't think that anyone really likes to go, but when you see signs it's time to visit the dentist, you shouldn't overlook them. Even though it is recommended that we visit our dentist about every six months, most people don't. We tend to wait until we have a problem that won't go away. Here are 7 signs it's time to visit the dentist that should never be overlooked.

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1. Pain

One of the biggest signs it's time to visit the dentist is having tooth pain. If you have ever had a toothache, you know that it can be quite painful. Even if the pain goes away with medication, you should still see your dentist. Without treatment it is easy for your tooth to get infected. An infection can make it more difficult for your dentist to save the tooth.

2. Sensitivity

Have you found yourself avoiding cold foods like ice cream because it causes tooth pain? This may be a sign that you have sensitive teeth. Some people also experience sensitivity to hot foods. Sensitivity is typically an easy dental problem to fix. Unless there is an underlying problem, such as tooth decay, a prescription toothpaste will usually do the trick. Sometimes having your teeth cleaned by the dentist will help with sensitive teeth.

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3. Swollen Gums

If you have noticed that your gums are red and swollen, you may want to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Swollen gums can be a sign of gingivitis. Even though gingivitis is a form of gum disease, it is treatable with proper dental care. Without dental care, gingivitis can lead to tooth loss. In some cases, severe gum infections can lead to heart disease.

4. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth can be caused by many things. In many situations it is due to the aging process or medications that you take. There are times when it can be caused by something else such as tooth decay, gum disease, or an illness that you are not aware of. If you have developed dry mouth without a logical reason, visit your dentist. They will be able to determine the reason for your dry mouth and provide you with treatments, such as oral rinses.

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5. Bad Breath

If you have been chewing a pack of gum a day, hoping to cover up your bad breath, you should give your dentist a call. Bad breath that doesn't go away with brushing and flossing could be a sign of a problem. For many people bad breath is one of the first symptoms of gingivitis. For some people bad breath is a sign of a respiratory infection or GERD. After determining the cause of your bad breath, your dentist will recommend a treatment.

6. Mouth Sores

If you have a sore in your mouth that has been there for a couple of weeks, get it checked out. Remember, most mouth sores are simply canker sores. These are nothing to worry about and will go away within a couple of days. If you do get a mouth sore that is accompanied by symptoms, such as a fever, get in with your dentist right away. Though oral cancer is more common in men, women can get it too.

7. Headaches

Do you wake up with a headache every morning? If so, your teeth may be the cause. If you are constantly waking with a headache it may be because you are grinding your teeth at night. Your dentist may recommend that you wear a night guard. This will prevent your from grinding your teeth while you sleep.

Most people know of a time when they overlooked signs that they should go to the dentist. I know that I have done this more than once. How about you? Do you remember a time when you avoided going to the dentist, even though all the signs were there?

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