Three Symptoms of a Dental Problem that You Should Never Ignore
Posted on 2/27/2016 by Lauren Pollard
Regular dental checkups are crucial in maintaining good oral health, but what happens in between those visits?
If you experience a problem with your tooth or mouth, when should you wait it out and when do you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist? There are a few dental symptoms that you should never ignore, as they could be the sign of a bigger problem.
If you have chronic tooth pain that isn't going away, you could have a serious problem. However, even if the pain goes away after a couple of days, you could still have an issue. While your body may have fought an infection, the basic problem could still remain.
Texture or Color Changes in Your Mouth
When brushing and flossing your teeth, it is important to inspect your inner cheeks, tongue, and the area underneath your tongue to look for changes. If you notice patches of red or white that don't seem to be going away, or if you have lumps developing, this could be the sign of a problem.
White Spots on the Teeth
One of the first signs of decay is when white spots form on the teeth. Essentially, this means that there is an infection inside of your tooth, and although it will begin in the enamel, it can quickly move into the inner workings of your tooth. In some cases, detecting decay in the early stages can stop the process before it becomes an actual cavity, so letting your dentist know as soon as you see these white spots can eliminate the need for a filling or additional dental procedures.
If you notice any of these problems - or if something else is going on in your mouth that has you concerned - please call our office today to set up an appointment.