Are you concerned that you could be struggling with a dental problem, without even knowing it? Worse, are you worried that you might soon need extensive restorative treatment, due to an undiagnosed and therefore untreated infection or other major oral health threat? Fortunately, while every smile is different, most patients experience a variety of warning signs that their smiles could be in trouble. These indicators can help you move promptly, should your teeth or gums be in trouble. As the adage goes, “knowing is half the battle.” When it comes to your dental health, recognizing common symptoms of problems, is a huge help in protecting and preserving your smile’s health.
Has your smile changed recently?
One important step in identifying dental problems, early on, is simply paying attention to changes in your smile. Often, when a patient is struggling with a dental problem, there will be warning signs that the smile is in trouble.
For instance, before a cavity even develops, a patient might notice visible yellow plaque buildup, collecting along the surfaces of some teeth. Grey or black lines, especially isolated to the crevices of teeth, are also warning signs that decay has begun.
When the gums change colors, it can be indication of inflammation or infection. Healthy gums are light pink in color, so deep red or purple gums are likely in need of dental treatment.
Are you in pain?
Dental discomfort is another common warning sign of a problem, whether it be a cavity that needs a filling, an infection that needs root canal therapy, or another issue. While heightened sensitivity isn’t always due to dental decay, in general it is best to visit the dentist if you suddenly notice discomfort while eating, even if it is minor. It is especially important to seek restorative treatment, though, if you’re experiencing downright pain.