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4 Signs You Need To Take Better Care Of Your Teeth

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

 

Since you were a child, you’ve probably been told time and time again about the importance of taking care of your smile and attending regular dentist appointments. However, for one reason or the other, this is something we often avoid. In fact, we often start being ‘afraid’ of the dentists as children and carry this fear (however irrational it might be) into adulthood.

Furthermore, many people are unwilling to visit the dentist due to the fact that it can be expensive - but solving any issues early is the best way to save money.

With that in mind, here are four signs that you need to take better care of your teeth (and perhaps need to visit the dentist!)

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Toothache

This is perhaps the most obvious symptom of poor dental hygiene, but too often people try to treat the pain itself as opposed to figuring out the cause. For example, there are many different reasons as to why you are suffering from a toothache, including:

Tooth decay

An abscess

A damaged tooth (Perhaps it has been chipped, cracked or otherwise broken)

A damaged filing for a previous cavity

If you experience toothache frequently, you need to schedule an appointment with a dentist. Painkillers can help relieve the symptoms, but they won’t make the problem go away - you need Exceptional General Dentistry to solve any issues you have encountered.

Bleeding gums

If your mouth bleeds, namely after brushing your teeth, this is a clear-cut sign that you need to visit a dentist - and you need to do it soon. In fact, bleeding gums is the first sign of tooth loss. Gum disease also manifests itself with other unpleasant symptoms, including receding gums and breath.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is something that everyone wants to avoid. However, despite popular belief, bad breath is not always a sign of bad dental hygiene - it may be that you’ve eaten too much garlic or another food item that causes bad breath. However, if you often find that you have bad breath, you need to visit the dentist, who can help resolve any issues you are facing. As mentioned previously, your bad breath may be attributed to gum disease, but could also be the result of a build-up of bacteria inside your mouth. Thankfully, it is easily treated once you know the cause of the issue. Furthermore, you can fight off bad breath by brushing your teeth regularly.

Discoloration

If you are suffering from discoloration, you may need to begin taking better care of your teeth. Thankfully, you do not always need to visit a dentist to resolve this issue - although they are sure to be able to offer support and guidance. To battle discoloration, you should:

Use fluoride toothpaste when brushing your teeth

Floss in between meals

Use mouthwash after brushing your teeth

Avoid foods that may ‘stain’ your teeth (Cirtrust fruits, candy, and caffeinated beverages such as tea and coffee).

Avoid foods and drink with high amounts of sugar (Candy, sweets, bread, nuts)

Quit smoking, as this can cause your teeth to yellow.

You can also find dentists that give your smile a second chance. Not only can this help you with discoloration, but it can also give you the chance to repair chips, cracks, and other unsightly oral problems.



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