Dental checkups are a bit like garage services – you avoid them for as long as possible until you really can’t hold out any longer. It’s natural to only feel the need to go to a dentist when you’re staring a pretty painful problem in the face, but common sense dictates that preventative medicine is always the best way to go.
What’s more, your mouth and body are pretty good at telling you when and where you have a problem to be checked out, or perhaps the early signs of a problem you could easily sort with prompt action.
Here’s an overview of just a few of the signs a dental checkup is needed sooner rather than later:
Blood on the Toothbrush
You’ll assume its normal and nothing more than a cut and you might be right, but blood on your toothbrush on a regular basis can be a strong indicator of gum disease. So if you see blood for more than a couple of days, be sure to have it checked out by a dentist.
Generally speaking, there is always a cause for bad breath than can be treated and so living with it is not necessary. Moreover, bad breath is often a symptom of a more serious health problem and should therefore not be ignored.
Everyone gets toothache from time to time – it’s just one of life’s delightful discomforts! However, if the pain is either too severe to allow you to eat or lasts for more than 24 hours without subsiding, chances are it isn’t something minor and will need checking out.
And finally, that slight chip or breakage on one of your teeth may seem insignificant, but it could also be a catalyst that sees the whole tooth fall into disrepair. It might be totally fine, but make sure you get it looked at just in case.