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10 Signs That You Should See a Dentist

10 Signs That You Should See a Dentist

December 17th, 2020

In most cases, meticulous oral hygiene practices and twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings keep dental disease at bay. However, there are times when you’ll need to schedule additional appointments. Here are signs and symptoms that warrant a visit to Avalon Dental Care.

#1 Persistent Toothache

Persistent tooth pain may indicate an infection, decay, or injury. Prompt treatment will alleviate your discomfort, and in some cases, can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

#2 Changes in Your Gums

Bleeding, puffy, bluish, or receding gums may indicate periodontal (gum) disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Prompt treatment will prevent the progression of the condition and restore your oral health.

#3 Increased Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Temperatures

New sensitivity may indicate deep decay, a cracked tooth, damaged fillings, or teeth grinding, a condition known as bruxism. The sooner you get treatment, the better the outcomes.

#4 Problems With Dental Work

Damaged restorations, including fillings, crowns, implants, or dentures, require prompt attention. We will repair your restoration to prevent further damage or complications.

#5 Persistent Bad Breath

Bad breath despite daily brushing and flossing may indicate a dental or medical problem. We will treat any underlying dental issues or refer you to your healthcare provider for further evaluation.

#6 White Spots on Your Teeth

A white spot may indicate early tooth decay. Prompt treatment has a great chance of reversing the condition before it progresses and forms a cavity.

#7 Loose Teeth

Loose teeth may indicate injury or gum disease. The earlier your condition is treated, the better the outcomes.

#8 Lingering Bumps or Sores 

Sore, red bumps, or pale patches of skin developing on your tongue, cheek, or gums that don’t go away require investigation. These signs may indicate oral cancer, which has excellent treatment outcomes when diagnosed and treated early on.

#9 Jaw Pain

If you develop an uneven bite or popping or pain when you chew or open and close your jaw, you will need an evaluation. That could indicate temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which can become serious if not treated.

#10 You Become Pregnant or Develop a Medical Condition

Pregnancy, medical conditions such as diabetes, and medications you take can directly impact your oral health. Make sure to schedule a visit to ensure your smile stays in tip-top shape.

Quality Dental Care in El Segundo and Lomita

If you have any concerns between your routine dental exams, a visit to Avalon Dental Care will ensure we diagnose and treat any problem as early as possible for the best possible outcomes. Our exceptional team is here for you every step of the way!

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