Dentists recommend getting a check up at least twice a year in order to keep your oral health and teeth in the best condition. However, too often patients ignore signs and symptoms that can signal a critical issue that needs attention from your dentist.

In our last blog, we shared three signs that indicate you need to see a dentist, which included experiencing tooth pain, bad breath, and whether it has been a while since your last appointment. In today’s post, we are going to share three more signs to help you determine whether you need to make an appointment with your local dentist.

Irritated Or Painful Gums

Anytime your gums are swollen or inflamed, this is a sign it’s time to see your dentist. Seeing red when brushing your teeth means that you are either brushing too aggressively or there is something wrong with your gum tissue. Occasional bleeding of the gums is usually nothing to worry about, but continuously bleeding gums are a sign of a more serious issue, like gum disease. Gum disease occurs in 47 percent of Americans over the age of 30, which can lead to receding gums, damage to your jaw bones, and tooth loss. Don’t risk periodontal disease, schedule a checkup at the first sign of bleeding or inflamed gums so our dentists can begin to rule out certain causes.

Jaw Pain

Did you know that jaw pain can be caused by a dental issue? If you didn’t already know, your jaw connects to your skull with a joint called the temporomandibular joint. When that joint is injured or damaged, it causes a variety of symptoms indicative of temporomandibular joint disorders, which is more commonly known as TMJ syndrome. Most cases of TMJ/TMD occur due to teeth or jaw injury, teeth or jaw misalignment, teeth grinding, stress, and even chewing gum. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome include:

  • Clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth
  • Aching pain in your face or in and around your ears
  • Locked jaw
  • Jaw pain

Tooth Sensitivity

Does drinking a glass of ice water or eating ice cream shoot pain through your teeth? What about sipping on hot coffee? When consuming food and drinks that are extremely hot or cold, you shouldn’t have to worry about oral pain. This is most commonly caused by a cavity or weakened tooth enamel which makes your teeth more susceptible to damaging acid. No matter how subtle or severe, if you have pain when you consume hot or cold food and beverages, there may be a more concerning issue.

Overall, if you feel something unusual or if you feel tooth pain or discomfort, it is always a good idea to have an experienced dentist check the area out. Waiting to seek treatment can leave you with more pain and possibly a more severe problem. If you experience the signs above, as well as the other three signs from our last post, or haven’t been to the dentist in six months, contact us today!