It’s not just a toothache or a chipped tooth which should get you reaching for the phone to make an appointment.

There’s a number of signs and symptoms why seeing your dentist is important, and not all are as obvious as others.

Here’s 10 signs that you need to make a visit to the dentist:

  1. You have a toothache: It’s pretty hard to ignore this pain and it will often indicate infection, disease, decay or injury.
  2. Your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold: If you’re experiencing increased sensitivity to hot and cold, tooth decay is a possibility, as is a crack in the tooth’s enamel.
  3. Yours gums bleed when brushing or flossing: Bleeding gums are not normal and may mean you have an infection.
  4. You have persistent bad breath: You could have some serious underlying health issues if this is the case.
  5. You are unhappy with your smile: If your smile is affecting your confidence, don’t be shy, talk to your dentist. You may be surprised at the many options out there. (No, braces aren’t always the best option!).
  6. You have a medical condition: Medical conditions (such as diabetes) and some medications can make oral health problems worse.
  7. You have difficulty eating, swallowing or sleeping: If you’re having issues with the above, it’s not normal.
  8. You have jaw pain: You could have an underlying issue you are not aware of affecting your jaw.
  9. Your mouth is constantly dry: Always feeling parched can be the sign of a medical issue or a medication side effect.
  10. You are pregnant: It is absolutely safe to see the dentist when pregnant. In fact, pregnancy can make some dental issues worse.

If I have none of the above, do I still needs to see my dentist? Regular check-ups can prevent many of the above from happening! The key message is don’t wait until it’s too late.

Don’t be shy, we won’t bite – book your next check-up with one of our Lumino dentists today!

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