Ignoring common signs of dental health issues tends to result in worsened conditions. When it comes to oral health, intuition and a little good common sense can help reduce future costly complications. Common signs, including jaw pain, newly diagnosed medical conditions, and constant dry mouth, can help you decide if you need to see a dentist. Below Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, a family dental practice in Atlanta, discusses the signs in greater detail.
Discomfort or Jaw Pain
Jaw or tooth pain is perhaps the number one sign that it’s time to consult with a dentist. Tooth pain can be unbearable or present as minor discomfort. Any discomfort in the jaw or teeth, however big or small, often means there may be an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Cavities, gum disease, or teeth grinding/jaw clenching are all issues that can be treated by a dentist.
Onset of Medical Conditions Associated with Gum Disease
If you are diagnosed with a new disease that can complicate or increase the risk for gum disease or other oral health-related disorders (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.), it’s wise to consult with a dentist to find preventative strategies that will reduce subsequent oral health risks associated with the disease. Patients undergoing treatments or receiving therapies that compromise the immune system are also advised to work alongside a dentist to ensure their gums aren’t prone to infection during or following treatment.
Constant Dry Mouth
If you’re experiencing constant dry mouth that won’t go away, a dentist should be consulted immediately. Although it may seem like a non-urgent issue, the lack of saliva may result in a reduction in the elimination of food particles and debris from the teeth and gums. In turn, this can lead to the over-accumulation of plaque and acid, causing tooth decay and gingivitis.
Gums Are Inflamed or Bleeding
Inflamed or bleeding gums are another big sign that a dentist should be called. Bleeding or dark red gums can often be an indicator for gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis).
Dental Care You Can Trust at Atlanta Smiles & Wellness
At Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, we help you discover the source of your dental health issues and help you manage them effectively. We combine a preventative approach to our treatment protocol, facilitating a reduction in risk for future oral health issues. If you would like to learn more about how we work, or if you wish to book an appointment, please call us at (404) 262-7733 today.