We advise our patients to see us twice a year for check-ups. The reason for this is so we can diagnose dental issues in their infancy stages, when they are minor and reversible.
However, we know that some individuals sometimes miss their appointments due to their hectic lifestyles, or put off seeing the dentist in Edinburgh because they know that something is wrong.
When did you last have your teeth and gums checked for problems? In the article, we will identify the signs of an unhealthy mouth and the reasons why you should seek out urgent dental care.
Reason One: You have pain
Pain or swelling in your mouth, face, and neck, is not normal and could point to many different issues.
Ignoring the problem will aggravate the condition. Allow a dentist in Edinburgh to single out the source and treat your pain accordingly.
Reason Two: Your gums are in trouble/
Looking into a mirror, do your gums appear puffy and red? Does standard brushing and flossing cause your gums to bleed?
You may have a gum disease, such as Gingivitis or Periodontitis. Gingivitis can be easily treated with a root planing and scaling if the condition is caught early enough.
However, if gingivitis becomes advanced, patients run the risk of developing Periodontitis which is much more severe and can lead to bone deterioration and tooth loss.
Reason Three: you’ve had other dental work done?
Have you recently undergone surgery for dental implants? Even if you think your tooth implants are healing well, you will still need to see your dentist in Edinburgh for regular check-ups. While rare, your jaw could reject your new tooth.
Reason Four: you can’t chew properly
Chewing problems can be caused by a plethora of underlying issues, namely tooth loss, gum disease, cavities, and dentures that do not fit properly.
Until you can see your dental practitioner, stick to a soft food diet so as not to exacerbate your pain and discomfort.
Reason Five: you have intolerable jaw pain
Jaw pain results from injury to your joints. There are several potential causes of jaw pain, including:
- Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder is the most common cause of jaw pain, affecting millions of people globally. The disease occurs when you suffer an injury at the joint, overstimulate your jaw by clenching or grinding your teeth, or contract arthritis in the protective disk that protects your jaw joints.
- Serious tooth infections that develop into abscesses. The pain you will endure may spread to your jaw.
Issues as severe as these must be seen by a dentist. However, before you see a dental practitioner, there are things you can do at home to ease some of the pain, like applying a cold compress to your face for ten minutes. Heat will also relax tense joints, so you can soak a cloth in warm water and hold it to the affected area.
If the practices mentioned above do little to relieve your discomfort, over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, may help to ease some of your pain symptoms.