Most people recognize the warning signs that tell them it’s time to see a doctor, but often, signs that you need to see an oral specialist may be overlooked. Here are five signs that it’s time to call an oral specialist and make an appointment.
Bleeding or Swollen Gums.
If your gums are swollen and bleed when you brush your teeth, floss or eat, you may have a serious dental problem such as gum disease. Bleeding gums may also be a sign that you are brushing your teeth too hard, or that you have ill-fitting dentures.
Sores or Blisters in Your Mouth.
If you have sores or blisters in your mouth, such as canker sores, it may mean that you have bitten your tongue or cheek, or you are suffering from stress. Canker sores usually heal by themselves after two weeks. If yours persist you should seek medical advice. If you have discolored lumps or sore patches in your mouth, these may be symptoms of oral cancer.
Sensitivity or Pain in and Around Your Teeth, Gums or Jaw.
Pain in your gums, teeth or jaws can be caused by a number of different problems from an impacted tooth to grinding or clenching your teeth and jaws. These conditions are usually treatable, and an oral specialist will be able to find out the cause and recommend a solution.
After the common cold, tooth decay is the second most common disease in the U.S. It arises when plaque forms on the teeth. This combined with sugars and starches in our diet produces acids that erode tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing daily, as well as regular visits to your dentist will prevent tooth decay.
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to a number of more serious health conditions including stroke and heart attack.
If you are having oral or dental problems, but you are not sure about your options, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery today. Our surgeons are experts at oral care. We take great pride in serving our patient’s needs using cutting-edge equipment and techniques