Having regular dental check-ups is important for your oral and overall health.
Many people are conscious of the benefits of visiting their dentist, such as tooth pain relief; prevent bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing. They also help to check on crowns, dentures or dental implants but there are other things that you need to consider.
Firstly, dental decay affects the surface of your tooth. When the decay worsens, it moves to the center of the tooth close to your nerves to form a cavity. This can lead to pain and discomfort when eating hot or cold meals. If you are feeling this pain or discomfort, it is important to make a dental appointment to have the cavity filled.
Furthermore, most people usually examine their teeth or gums after brushing. But other important areas of the mouth require proper assessment. It is important to examine the top and underneath your tongue for strange discoloration, lumps or sores. You must check the tongue to observe any changes in the internal part of your cheeks. If you notice any pain or swellings on your neck, visit Dr. Levine immediately.
Difficulty in chewing is another dental issue that needs the attention of a dentist as soon as possible. This occurs when the pain in the mouth or jaw muscles makes it difficult to eat certain foods. Some of the causes associated with this problem include physical changes in the mouth, jaw or tongue, and can be caused by oral cancers. Also, teeth grinding can be another case of pain with chewing, but it can be cured by wearing a mouth guard.
Bad breath is not only awkward, but it may be the sign of something more dangerous. Gingivitis is the major cause of bad breath and if not treated on time can lead to loss of teeth. It is necessary to set up an appointment with Dr. Levine to address your bad breath as soon as possible.
A white spot on your teeth is another reason why you should visit your dentist immediately. These spots can be a sign of dental decay. The decay is caused due to the acid produced by bacteria that dissolves the enamel on your teeth. However, acid can be produced through the food that you eat, along with lack of adequate saliva production. If you notice any unusual changes inside your mouth or pain, feel free to contact Dr. Levine immediately.