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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life constantly pulling us in different directions, it can be easy to forget to care for your teeth. Perhaps staying up late while working for a promotion keeps you from brushing, or a missed alarm throws a wrench in your morning routine and prevents you from flossing. Life can make it easy to forget to care for yourself, and it can be even easier to forget to schedule routine dental appointments.

Despite this, life does give you some signs that you should visit the dentist. These can often arise unexpectedly, but they usually serve as good signals to stop what you are doing and call Mesquite Dental & Implant Center to schedule an appointment with our dentist. Read on to learn five signs to visit the dentist and be sure to look out for them in the future!

Tooth or Mouth Pain

Many people consider a toothache to be one of the most painful things that you can experience, which makes it one of the signs on this list that you probably can’t avoid. Toothaches can keep you up at night, make your head throb, and just generally leave you debilitated. When you have a toothache, you should contact a dentist as soon as you can. Our dentist can find the root of the problem and help you find relief.

While everyone probably realizes that a toothache is an excellent sign you should schedule an appointment, some may not realize that pain from frequent mouth sores is another reason to visit your dentist. Dentists are experts in more than just teeth; they are trained to understand what causes mouth pain generally and they can give you guidance on any issues that might be occurring. Some mouth sores can lead to infections that require medications, so if you experience frequent sores or a particularly long-lasting lesion, then schedule an appointment with a dentist.

Shifting Teeth

After you have lost all of your baby teeth and they have been replaced by adult teeth, the teeth in your mouth should no longer shift or become loose. Adult teeth are permanent, and your bite should not change much throughout your everyday life (unless your alignment is being corrected, of course). Sometimes, changes in your bite can cause mouth or jaw pain, so this sign could be paired with the previously mentioned sign. Regardless, if you do not wear braces and you notice that your bite or tooth alignment has altered, then you should schedule an appointment. You should also contact a dentist immediately if one of your teeth becomes loose.

Excess Blood From Brushing

Pretty much everyone has spit some blood out while brushing before. It can be easy to brush a little too aggressively, and sensitive gums can be easily irritated. That said, you should probably not be bleeding every time you brush, and you definitely should not bleed profusely from routine dental care. This is a common sign of plaque or tartar buildup, and it is something that should be addressed.

While blood may result from your brushing technique, it frequently signals other issues. Take note of how often you bleed when brushing, how much blood comes out, and try to pay attention to where the blood is coming from. Your dentist can use this information and examine your mouth to determine whether there are any larger issues that should be addressed.

Receding Gums

Another sign that may indicate deeper issues is receding gums. When you brush, take some time to look at your teeth and your gums. Pay attention to where your gums are on your teeth, whether they are inflamed, and if your teeth appear to get longer, then schedule an appointment.

Receding gums might simply be a sign that you are getting older, but they are also one of the primary signs of gum disease. Moreover, receding gums are associated with a greater risk of tooth decay and mouth pain. A dentist can help you determine if this is a sign of a deeper issue, so be sure to contact a dentist if you notice any gum loss or irregularities.

You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Went

Finally, if you can’t remember the last time you saw your dentist, or sat in the chair at the dentist’s office, then you should probably give your dentist a call. Routine checkups and cleanings are an essential part of maintaining oral health, and they can help you get the best use out of your teeth. Preventative care is often one of the best ways to avoid the other more painful signs on this list, so think back to the last time you saw a dentist, and call Mesquite Dental & Implant Center if you can’t remember when that was.

Contact Mesquite Dental & Implant Center

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms and signs outlined on this list, then please feel free to contact our dental office. The team at Mesquite Dental & Implant Center will help you get to the root of any major oral health issues and take steps to relieve any mouth pain you are experiencing. Schedule an appointment today!