Occasions When You May Need to See a Dentist
A visit to the dentist may not be on everyone's to-do list, but it should be. A dentist spends years and years going through medical school and looking at oral hygiene. They are experts in their field and are incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to various oral conditions. If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, you may not need to go to the dentist that often, but you may need to go more regularly if you don't.
When visiting a dentist, they will do a quick exam of your mouth. Usually, this will take no more than 10-15 minutes, but it can depend. They will count all of your teeth and ensure that each tooth is healthy. If not, they will give you steps to follow to improve your health or suggest different procedures. They can even give you ideas for emergency toothache relief or recommend a particular type of toothbrush.
There are occasions where brushing too hard can lead to bleeding gums. This is because the toothbrush has been too abrasive on the gum lining and may have pulled the gum away slightly from the tooth. If this happens, it's nothing to worry about. A rinse of mouthwash or water will take away the taste of blood, and soon enough, the wound will heal. Unfortunately, if the problem persists and even with the gentlest brush gums bleed, it's time to visit a dentist.
Bleeding gums can result from a lot of things, but perhaps one of the most common causes of bleeding gums is gingivitis. Gingivitis is a build-up of plaque along the gumline. It usually occurs when teeth haven't been brushed or are brushed incorrectly. It can also happen if flossing is not included in a daily oral care routine. Ultimately, this condition is easy to fix, but it can develop into more severe outcomes if left untreated. Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that needs to be treated urgently. If left, it can damage soft tissue, destroy jaw bone and result in a loss of teeth.
Chipped or cracked teeth
Chipped and cracked teeth are slightly different, but both require a trip to the dentist. A chipped tooth is when part of the tooth has been broken away from the main part of a tooth. This can happen for many reasons, such as poor hygiene leading to fragile teeth or simply falling over and knocking a tooth, creating a chip. This can happen to any tooth, although it's more common in the front teeth. In each tooth, there are nerve endings, and when a chip occurs, those endings are exposed. If the endings remain exposed, it could result in tooth decay as well as severe sensitivity. Unfortunately, with a chip, this could also crack or disrupt the enamel of the tooth, causing more concern.
A cracked tooth usually occurs at the back of the mouth, and it's when a tooth splits in half or fractures in some way. Eating something hard could make this happen, and it's usually very unpredictable. When a cracked tooth occurs, it's vital to go to a dentist right away and have the tooth repaired or removed. Even the smallest cracks can become lodged with food debris or bacteria, resulting in a major infection. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, but if left unattended, the same problem will keep occurring. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can also make everyday life hard to manage. Sleep can be disrupted because of the pain, and it can be hard to eat and drink as the tooth is so sensitive.
If you are not currently registered at a dentist's office, you should be. Dentophobia is common, but your oral care is important and it is not something that should be ignored.
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