It is recommended to have a dental check-up at least twice a year. However, this does not mean that you should postpone seeing your dentist when you start experiencing abnormal changes with your oral health. A common mistake people make is assuming that their symptoms are not serious, especially if they are not in any acute pain. As such, they end up self-treating with home remedies or over-the-counter medications, and this could end up exacerbating the problem. It is good to be familiar with the symptoms of various oral problems that may present themselves as mild irritations, but could be a sign of a larger underlying problem. Here are some of the oral problems that you should never ignore; instead, schedule an appointment with your dentist post haste.
The development of abscesses in your mouth
Once in a while, you may acquire a sore on your inner cheeks or tongue due to vigorous eating. However, abscesses that form without you having bit yourself or scratched your mouth with food should be reviewed as soon as you notice them. This is because oral abscesses could be a symptom of an array of maladies ranging from tooth decay to bacterial infections. If left unchecked, oral abscesses can begin to fill with pus over time. This can then cause complications such as swelling, muscle spasms in your jaw, acute pain and more. In the event that you notice strange sores in your mouth, no matter how small they are, it is best to schedule a dental appointment to ascertain their cause and get treatment for them.
Onset of bad breath
Bad breath is another symptom often ignored by people, as they tend to be embarrassed about it. Additionally, since the cause of bad breath can stem from eating habits, some individuals may opt to seek home remedies first in an attempt to disguise the smell. However, the sudden onset of bad breath can be a sign of tooth decay. If you have been practicing hygienic oral habits yet still find that you are suffering from bad breath, it could also be indicative of a tooth infection, malocclusion or in the direst of circumstances, oral cancer. In some cases, you will find that this bad breath is accompanied by a foul taste in your mouth or an increased production of phlegm. If you are experiencing sudden onset of halitosis, it is best to see your dentist so they can diagnose the cause and put you on the right course of treatment before the cause becomes severely aggravated.
As a mum, I know how essential sport can be to children's development. Through team sports like soccer, kids learn persistence, sportsmanship and the value of supporting their team members. However, all that learning carries some risk as well, and a stray elbow or a ball to the face can result in oral injuries. I have been the mum rushing to the emergency room with a precious permanent tooth sitting in a cup of milk. Admittedly, at the time, I wasn't even sure if the cup of milk was the right solution. As a parent, you will face those situations, and I'm here to make sure you know what to do when they pop up. With this blog, let's explore children's dentistry and sports injuries together... I want you to have the info you need to stay cool, calm and collected, regardless of how many teeth are on the pitch.