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Signs you Need to Visit the Dentist

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Aug 29, 2013
Brushing your teeth twice a day is not enough to ensure healthy teeth. Here are the signs that you need to make a dentist appointment right away.
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    Reasons to See Your Dentist

    We are told that we should make a visit to a dentist every six months. Two trips to a dental clinic in a year, brushing your teeth twice a day and taking good care of teeth are not enough sometimes. Here are the signs that you need to make a dentist appointment right away. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    Reasons to See Your Dentist
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    White Spots

    The acid produced by the bacteria in your mouth dissolves the enamel, leading to tooth decay. Loss of enamel from the teeth may appear like white spots.  The decay on the other hand wouldn’t be visible as it happens in between the teeth. So it is important to visit your dentist as soon as you see any white spots. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    White Spots
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    Toothache

    Sensitivity due to hot or cold drinks, throbbing sensation in the jaw and pain in the tooth are some clear signs to visit the dentist. Avoiding these signs at an early stage may only lead to excessive pain and swelling. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    Toothache
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    Changed Appearance of Teeth

    If you notice lumps, red patches, or any change in the color or texture of your teeth or any other portion of your mouth, you need to pay your dentist a quick visit. Ignoring such signs may lead to some bigger problems leading to root canal. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    Changed Appearance of Teeth
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    Bleeding Gums

    If your gums bleed while you brush or floss your teeth then it’s a clear indication that you should see your dentist. Your dentist can help you avoid a possible gum disease or intense pain and swelling in the mouth. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    Bleeding Gums
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    Jaw Pain

    If your jaw hurts, it could be because of a serious toothache. Another reason behind jaw pain is sinus problems, teeth grinding, or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint). Never dismiss jaw pain that lasts for more than a day, but see a dentist for it. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    Jaw Pain
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    Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

    Sensitivity to hot and cold is one of the common signs of tooth decay. When dental decay first occurs, it affects the surface of your teeth and makes its way into the centre of the tooth. When it reaches the nerves and blood vessels, you experience pain in response to hot and cold temperatures. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    Sensitivity to Hot and Cold
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    Mouth Sores

    Not all mouth sores are canker sores and cold sores. Mouth sores that don’t go away in a couple of days, but others could be a symptom of infection, virus or fungus. Sores that occur inside of your cheeks, gums, or tongue could be leukoplakia. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    Mouth Sores
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    Bad Breath

    If you get bad breath from something you ate or drank, don’t be bothered about it. You should see a dentist if bad breath is for a prolonged time as it could be gum disease or something more serious. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

    Bad Breath
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