Have you ever bit down on something and felt sharp, immediate tooth pain? That is a major sign that you need to see your dentist. Any negative symptoms involving pain, swelling, bleeding, redness, and concerning signs should warrant a trip to the dentist. Furthermore, if any areas or symptoms of concern are not addressed in a timely manner, they may get worse and involve more extensive treatment. The best way to prevent a bad situation from becoming exacerbated is to schedule an appointment with your dentist!

Here are some common warning signs that you may need to see a dentist:

1. Pain

Any sort of pain in the mouth—whether it is your teeth, your tongue, your gums, or your cheeks could signal a dental problem. In some cases, the pain could simply be due to tooth sensitivity or from eating something too hot causing a minor burn. Whatever the case may be, you may never be truly sure unless you see a dentist.

2. Inflammation with or without drainage

Signs of swelling in the mouth may indicate an infection. If any fluid is draining from the inflamed area, then it is time to schedule your dental appointment as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment.

3. Bleeding

Bleeding for no apparent reason could signal gingivitis (early stage gum disease) or later-stage periodontal disease. If it is due to gingivitis- rest assured that if it gets treated by a dental care professional and you maintain a diligent dental hygiene habits, the condition is reversible! Gingivitis will not clear up on its own, make sure you schedule your appointment with your dentist to get it treated!

4. Trouble eating and/or speaking

Nutrition and communication are necessities and when they are impeded by dental symptoms, something needs to be done to fix whatever is wrong. In some cases, a dental restoration is needed to allow for better functionality of the teeth while eliminating tooth pain.

5. Suspicious marks or sores in the mouth

If you notice sores that you cannot explain or discoloration on the gums that recently appeared, it may be time to schedule a dental visit to rule out anything sinister. 

Why You Should Not Avoid the Dentist

According to The American Dental Association (ADA), dental visits should be made as frequently as recommended by your dentist. Timely dental visits ensure that your teeth are being adequately cleaned and examined for tooth decay amongst other concerns. Furthermore, your dental care provider may need to do an oral cancer screening as well. Often times when you avoid the dentist, any existing issues will likely worsen, causing more tooth pain and requiring more time spent in the dental office. Remember—teeth cannot heal themselves the same way that the human body may heal after an injury. Teeth require professional repair to remain healthy, functional, and pain-free.

Advanced DDS is a full-service dental practice in Garden City, NY where our team of experienced dentists provide exceptional dental care. Schedule your dental appointment today at 516-825-1100.

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