Oral health plays an important part of your overall health. When you have a dental problem, it can affect your ability to get sufficient nutrition, interact socially with other people or enjoy many other activities. Some dental problems can have serious consequences on your other teeth, which is why it’s critical for you to keep an eye out for any potential issues. Here are a few dental signs that should prompt you to visit your dentist.
1. Bite Problems or Changes in Bite
Bite problems can have an impact both on appearance and on the function of your teeth. A bite problem can be caused by a misalignment of the teeth — teeth may become too crowded, thereby impacting the alignment of other teeth and causing a problem. In some cases, bite problems can be caused by genetics. It can also be the result of injury to the teeth that has caused cracks or shifting that prevents teeth from aligning normally. Bite problems can become worse over time, so you should talk to your dentist if you notice problems in the alignment of your teeth. Correcting a bite problem can provide you with greater comfort, better chewing and a more stable smile.
2. Mobile Teeth
Teeth that shift or drift in the mouth can be a sign of gum disease. Damage to the structures that hold the teeth in position may have occurred from long-standing, undetected periodontal disease. Shifting teeth can also signal a bite problem. Because of the continuous pressure from eating, speaking or clamping the jaws together, teeth drift slightly in order to try to fit together more comfortably.
3. A Sore or Growth in the Mouth That Won’t Heal
Any sore in the mouth that lasts for more than a few days should be investigated by your dentist. Oral cancer can produce unusual sores that may be painless and may not respond to common treatments for oral problems. A lump or sore on the gums, inside the cheek or on the roof of the mouth can be the beginning of a cancerous lesion that can spread to other areas. Oral cancer can also cause bleeding in the mouth, jaw pain, difficulty chewing, painful swallowing or loose teeth. If you have a suspicious growth, a sore in your mouth or any unusual condition in the mouth or throat, make an appointment today to have your dentist take a look.
Any of these three problems should signal the need to make an appointment with your dentist for a checkup. They can be signs of a serious dental issue that may require treatment or tooth replacement in order to prevent further problems. The highly trained and experienced dental professionals at Trailhead Dental can offer a variety of solutions for these complex dental issues. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Limmer. And don’t forget to follow the team on LinkedIn and Twitter!