518 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula, 0610
reception@opaldental.co.nz
518 Te Atatu Road, Atatu Peninsula, 0610
reception@opaldental.co.nz
Call 09 834 6359

Even if you keep your regular dental appointments, sometimes an extra visit is needed.

Our article covers seven reasons to visit your dentist between check-ups.

It highlights the signs that you may need to reach out for an appointment.

1. Pain or swelling in the mouth

Any kind of pain or swelling in your teeth, gums or mouth warrants an extra dentist check-up. There could be lots of different reasons for the pain, including tooth decay, gum disease or an ulcer.

You should schedule an appointment if you have:

  • Toothache that persists for more than two days
  • Severe toothache
  • Swelling of the gum
  • Mouth pain with swelling around the eye or jaw
  • Mouth pain with a fever

2. Swollen, tender or bleeding gums

The following symptoms could be a sign that you have gum disease:

  • Swollen, tender or bleeding gums
  • Bright-red, dark-red or darker-than-usual gums
  • Bad breath

It’s important to see your dentist if you notice any of these signs. Early gum disease, known as gingivitis, can be treated.

But if it isn’t managed, it can lead to more advanced gum disease or periodontitis. Periodontitis can result in tooth loss. It has also been linked to serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, so it’s vital to get help as soon as possible.

3. Pregnancy

Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy can put you more at risk of cavities and gingivitis.

As we’ve already discussed, if gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis can increase the risk of problems with your baby, including delivering too early and low birth weight.

4. Changes to your mouth

It’s important to recognise any change to your mouth that might be a sign of oral cancer. Look for:

  • A sore on your lip or in your mouth that doesn’t heal
  • A white or red patch inside your mouth
  • A lump or growth inside your mouth
  • Pain in the mouth
  • Pain in the ear
  • Difficulty or pain in swallowing
  • Loose teeth

If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist straight away.

5. Bad breath

If you have bad breath even after brushing your teeth and using mouthwash, it’s time to see the dentist.

Bad breath has many causes. These can include:

  • Poor oral care hygiene routine
  • Gum disease
  • Dry mouth

A medical condition, such as diabetes or kidney disease, can also be the cause of bad breath. If your dentist suspects this may be the reason, they can refer you to appropriate care.

6. Dry mouth

See your dentist if you have a dry mouth so they can investigate the cause. This could be:

  • Certain medications — for example, decongestants
  • Mouth breathing
  • Problems with your salivary glands

If you have a dry mouth, you won’t have enough saliva to keep your teeth healthy. This makes it essential to see your dentist to get treatment as soon as possible.

7. You’re unhappy with your smile

If you’re unhappy with how your teeth look, go and see your dentist to talk through the options. They can help you with:

  • Stained or yellow teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gappy teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Receding gums

There are lots of ways to improve your smile, including teeth whiteningcrowns and bridgesdental implants and veneers.

Reach out to your local dentist for Te Atatu

Don’t be afraid to reach out to us at Opal Dental if you recognise any of these issues. We’re your local dentist for Te Atatu, and we’re here to help with a wide range of issues to keep your smile healthy.

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