This can be ongoing pain or a sudden onset aching. Even if the pain subsides after a day or two, you should still see a dentist. Your body may have fought off the infection but the pain can reoccur and may be a sign of an underlying problem. Severe sensitivity should also be checked by your dentist.
When to see your dentist
If you have one or more of the following symptoms
you may need to see your dentist or dental professional:
This can be caused by hardened plaque or calculus that has built up on your teeth and below the gum. Inflammation can often be a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis. Once advanced, it can lead to tooth loss or the need to see a specialist if not treated.
White and brown spots on your teeth are the first signs of decay. Decay can occur with no symptoms which is why regular dental check-ups are crucial for your health.
If you have discovered something that doesn’t look or feel normal such as discolouration, lumps or inconsistencies on your cheeks, tongue (above and underneath), gums or even your lips (ulcers or cold sores that won’t disappear), make an appointment to have it checked out.
Are you worried about low saliva levels?
Dry mouth can be related to certain medications and also comes with age. However, if there is no explanation for a sudden onset of dry mouth, you should consult your dentist. It can be a sign of unwanted bacteria or disease in the mouth.
Yes, headaches can be associated with your oral health. If you are experiencing frequent headaches and jaw pain, you may be grinding your teeth. This is also known as bruxism. Your dental professional can diagnose the problem and fit you with an appliance to wear at night which prevents damage to the teeth and the associated pain.
A common sign of gingivitis is bad breath that does not go away, even after brushing. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious health conditions. Please consult your dentist for further information.