Skipping Out On The Dentist? 2 Symptoms That Tells You To Go Immediately

Posted on: 12 October 2018

If you do not see your dentist on a regular basis, you will eventually start having problems with your teeth. In most cases, these problems will lead to much worse problems. To prevent anything from happening below are two symptoms you may have that should have you running to your dentist.

1. See Blood When You Brush

If you see blood when you spit out your toothpaste, this could be due to gum disease, also known as periodontal disease or gingivitis. This happens if you do not brush and floss your teeth as not doing these things causes plaque to build up at your gum line. If not taken care of at this point, this plaque will go deeper into your gums, resulting in infection. This infection can also get into your blood stream, which can lead to cardiac problems over time. You would never be able to remove plaque on your own as it is a hard material.

Over time, this will result in tooth loss which will require you to have your teeth removed and get dental implants or dentures to replace your teeth.

To remove the plaque, the dentist will deep clean your teeth below the gumline. This are two procedures that can be used: scaling and root planing. The dentist will first use a scaling procedure. This involves using a tool to scrape away the built-up plaque. When finished with this procedure the dentist will use root planing, which is using a special tool to smooth the surface of the tooth and roots below the gumline.

2. Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is not having enough saliva in your mouth. Saliva is made of water, as well as proteins and other substances that your body uses to keep your teeth healthy and strong, as well as to help you digest food. If you do not take care of dry mouth, you will start having problems with your teeth, as saliva helps prevent tooth decay from building up on your teeth.

Not having enough saliva in your mouth can be caused by:

  • Smoking
  • Blockage in a tube that produces saliva
  • Dehydration
  • Problems with salivary duct
  • Some medications

Taking care of the cause can stop dry mouth, such as drinking more water, quitting smoking, etc. Your dentist can help you determine the best treatment. For example, if you have a problem with a saliva tube and/or duct, the dentist can do oral surgery as treatment.

Talk to your local dental clinic about these two problems, and they can give you much more information about them.