For maintaining good oral hygiene and to avoid dental problems the rule of thumb is to visit your dentist twice a year. While most of the situations and problems that we encounter in our mouth are not emergencies, certain situations may crop up that require immediate attention from a dentist. Given below are a few such situations that require immediate medical attention:
- Traumatic conditions such as knocking out of tooth/teeth, chipping or breaking of teeth, tooth knocked out of position or mal-aligned, cuts or lacerations to the cheeks, gums, mouth, tongue etc. Your dentist would determine the best treatment option for you.
- Toothache: It is recommended to see a dentist on the initial signs of toothache. Waiting for the pain to go away on its own may actually worsen the condition and might end up in extracting the tooth
Here are some more situations that do not require immediate medical attention but you should meet the dentist as soon as possible to avoid complications
- Jaw Pain: could be as a result of tooth ache or could be due to other problems such as sinus, TMJ (tempero mandibular jaw) disorders, teeth grinding etc.
- White Spots on teeth: are initial signs of dental decay. Cavities often show no symptoms which is why it is important to see a dentist regularly.
- Bleeding gums could be signs of gingivitis or early gum disease.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods items could be due to cavities. Meet the dentist as soon as possible who can take steps to fill the cavity.
- Prolonged bad breath may be warning signs of gum disease or something worse. Make sure to see your dentist who can find out the cause and suggest possible solutions.
- If you notice changes in colour in the mouth, lumps or inconsistencies in your mouth, tongue, cheeks etc while brushing your teeth, meet a dentist immediately.
- Dry mouth could be caused by medication or it may come with age. However if you have started experiencing dry mouth without any particular reason it needs medical attention.
- Frequent headaches may be due to teeth grinding. Your dentist can help you by providing a mouth guard to wear at night.