As well as attending your bi annual dentist appointment for a check up and a clean up, it is also important to go and visit your dentist should you experience any of the following issues:

Canker sores in your mouth

These are small ulcers that are found either on your gums or on the inside of your cheeks or lips. They can also be found on the roof of the mouth or on the tongue. Whilst some people will only get a couple of these in their lifetime from accidentally biting the cheek or lip, some people get them more often and much more severely. If you have one of these that has still not healed up after the space of a week, you should go and visit this dental assistant as soon as possible.

Swelling or tooth pain

Having a case of continuous toothache or sharp pains in your teeth are actually signs of a much deeper issue and will get much worse if it is not treated. For those people who experience any swelling around the area of their cheeks, it is probable that they are suffering from a root infection. The only way to treat this is via a course of treatment from your dentist. As part of this, you will likely be given antibiotics that work to treat the infection. The root will then be treated in order to prevent any more pain and / or infection.

White spots on gums or teeth

Having small white spots on your teeth is a very early sign of tooth decay. Upon first noticing a spot, you should go and visit your dentist. By catching the condition early, you can prevent the occurrence of cavities in your teeth. If white spots appear on your gums, this is likely to be a sign of infection. These spots should never be scraped or popped yourself and instead you should go and visit your dentist immediately. 

Inflamed, sore, or swollen gums

Having gums that are either swollen, inflamed, or sore is a clear and obvious sign that you are suffering from gum disease. This can be treated by and completely reversed by paying more attention to your mouth hygiene and by taking more visits to see your dentist. However, if you have a case of severe gum disease then it is likely that you will require extra treatment from a professional. This is because plaque, bacteria, and infection can all build up underneath the gum line – which requires a professional deep clean.

Dry mouth

Although having a dry mouth may not seem like a pressing health issue to be suffering from, it can be a miserable thing to experience on a regular basis. It can also lead to more serious problems, such as gum disease. By seeing your dentist they will be able to recommend a course of treatment or a special mouthwash that combats this issue.

It is clear from the above then that there are a number of different warning signs that you should look out for in your mouth that should send you off to visit your dentist.

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