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10 Signs it is Time to See Your Dentist

1. Mouth Sores

Many illnesses can cause mouth sores, including candidiasis and cold sores. It could be caused by irritation due to braces or dentures or jagged teeth. It could also be from a fungus, bacteria, or virus, and medications could be required to treat it. If the sore remains for over a week, it is best to check with your dentist for identification.

2. Jaw Pain or Clicking

Sinus problems, TMJ, toothaches, teeth grinding, arthritis… Many causes for this and only your dentist can truly determine the root cause of the issue.

3. Infected Oral Piercing

Since the mouth is a breeding ground and haven for bacteria of all sorts, an oral piercing can easily become infected. If you notice any swelling in the region or suffer from pain or fevers, consult your dentist.

4. Yellow or Stained Teeth

Your dentist can go over many options on how to remove stains from your teeth. Your teeth with naturally stain as a result of drinking teas or coffees, smoking, and even aging. Your dentist can ensure you have the best smile.

5. Toothaches

There are many kinds of toothaches, and many, many causes. An ache usually indicates that the pulp is exposed somehow, either through a break or cavity. Your dentist can determine the root cause of your pain, and perform any procedure necessary to relieve it.

6. Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are typically caused by gum disease and gingivitis. But it could be as simple as you brushing too hard. If your gums bleed regularly, be sure to ask your dentist about possible causes and treatments.

7. Bad Breath

Bad breath is a natural part of life. It can be caused by what you are eating or drinking, but also from smoking or dry mouth. However, a few illnesses are known to cause pretty nasty breath. If most conventional treatments are not working, make sure to see your dentist. They can determine if something more serious is the cause.

8. Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth decay, over whitening, and exposed enamel can contribute to your tooth’s sensitivity. If it hurts to eat or drink certain temperature foods, you likely have some exposed nerves in your teeth. Only your dentist can give a thorough diagnosis and explain the treatment options.

9. Dry Mouth

Your saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against tooth decay, keeping the opposing bacteria off of your teeth. However, certain medications and illnesses can cause your mouth to dry out. If you’ve noticed persistent dry mouth, your dentist can help you find ways to restore your natural moisture.

10. Broken or Cracked Tooth

Tooth decay, cavities, grinding, or trauma are all causes of damaged teeth. If you suspect your tooth may be broken, always consult your dentist as soon as possible. They can use x-rays to get a closer look at the damage and help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by damage.

If you have any issues or concerns with your mouth at all, your friendly Valencia dentist should be your first call. They are there to keep you calm, happy, and most importantly, healthy.

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