As with any other part of your body, your teeth are remarkably adept at sending you signals when something isn’t quite right. It’s important to listen to these messages and to understand what they mean. Here’s a brief, helpful guide.
Messages from Your Teeth
1) Staining. Staining is never a sign that anything serious is going wrong. However, they’re definitely a good indication that something isn’t right with your diet! Too much coffee, red wine, dark chocolate and smoking can cause your teeth to become discolored over time. Remember, cosmetic dentistry can help if your teeth are already stained.
2) Bleeding. As a general rule, if your gums are bleeding, this is your body’s way of telling you that there is a build-up of bacteria on your teeth. Ignore this at your peril! If left unresolved, this can cause your teeth to decay.
3) Ulcers. Ulcers are not generally serious, but they are possibly a sign that you’re vitamin A deficient. If you notice sores and ulcers in your mouth, try increasing your intake of vitamin A rich foods, such as spinach and carrots.
4) Pain. If you’ve got a dull, throbbing pain in your mouth, this could be a sign that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep. This is especially likely to be the case if you’re feeling stressed or anxious. If you’re suffering with this problem, discuss solutions with your dentist.
5) Sensitivity. Sensitive teeth can be a real nuisance, particularly when you’re trying to enjoy a mug of hot tea or an ice-cream. If you feel your teeth are extremely sensitive, this could be a sign that you have a cavity forming. It might also mean that your gums are receding. In either cases, it’s worth having them checked out at your dentist.
Regular Check-Ups Can Save Your Teeth
Having your teeth regularly examined by a dentist is a really sensible idea. So too is booking an appointment with an oral hygienist, who will be able to show you the most effective ways to maintain a healthy, bright smile.
If you’d like to book an appointment to see an oral hygienist at Obrochta Center for Dental Health, simply give the team a call at 727 321 4464.