We don’t like to admit it, but we know that it’s easy to let your routine dental visits slide when you’re not experiencing any issues like tooth pain. But just because you don’t have a glaring sign like that, doesn’t necessarily mean everything is perfect with your teeth. There are some other things you should be looking out for that may signal that your teeth aren’t quite as healthy as you think.
Many people write off bad breath because of something they ate, but odor-causing foods like garlic and onions aren’t the only culprits behind foul-smelling breath. Other causes could be a build-up of plaque, gum disease, or even a tooth infection. If your bad breath is constant, as in it doesn’t just occur after a particularly potent meal, we recommend visiting a dental professional to see what’s the issue.
Similarly to bad breath, you might think that your tooth sensitivity is just part of normal life. Maybe you’ve just become used to that tingling feeling when you eat ice cream and use a tooth sensitivity toothpaste and call it a day. The problem is if this sensitivity is triggered often, or if it lasts for longer than just a second. That could mean that you’ve lost enamel, due to teeth grinding, an uneven bite, or a lack of fluoride. All of which are things that you should remedy to look after your oral health.
Worn Down Teeth
It’s unavoidable for teeth to experience wear and tear over the years, and it’s normal for teeth to look a little imperfect. That being said, if you’ve started to notice the edges of your teeth looking a little more worn than usual, or progressively getting worse at a relatively fast rate, it could mean that you have bruxism, the formal name for teeth grinding. They may not hurt, but it’s still something you should get taken care of so you don’t end up losing more of your natural tooth structure and experiencing further dental issues.
Do you have any of these signs? Come on into Edgewater Dental Arts, and we can have a look at what’s going on and figure out what you need to do get back to great dental health.