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Don’t Ignore These Dental Issues- When to Contact The Dentist ASAP

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Everyone should see a dentist on a regular basis, but for many reasons, many of us put off making an appointment. However, there are many issues that can develop with your teeth that should never be ignored. The following are a few problems that you may experience that necessitate you go to the dentist ASAP. An office like GIO Dental will be good for handling many traumatic dental injuries like chipped teeth, moved teeth or teeth that have been knocked out. Of course, they do suggest that if you have a life threatening or severe injury be sure to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


You have a toothache
This is an obvious reason to go to the dentist, but the problem is that you may buy over-the-counter pain relief medicine that is formulated to relieve pain. This is the type that you rub on your tooth and the pain subsides. Although it is a good idea to use this until you can see a dentist, what often happens is that the pain will go away. However, the problem with your tooth has not gone away, but because there is no more pain, no appointment is ever made with a dentist. When you have a toothache, you need to see a dentist. After you make the appointment, you can use whatever is available to relieve the pain, but this is only to hold you over until you can see a dentist.

A filling falls out
This can happen when you are chewing your food, but it can also happen while you are brushing or flossing your teeth. After the filling comes out, you may not feel any pain, so the urgency of going to the dentist is not apparent. However, once the filling has fallen out, the chances of rapid tooth decay set in. The longer you wait to see a dentist, the higher the probability that you will lose the tooth. There is a minimum amount of tooth area that needs to exist to even use a filling. Make sure you see a dentist right away, so you can get the tooth filled again.

Bleeding of the gums
This is something that you will notice when you are brushing your teeth or afterward, when you rinse your mouth. There are many problems that can cause gums to bleed. Some of them are more serious than others, but without seeing a dentist, the problem will likely get worse. If the problem is an infection, this can lead to bone loss and losing your teeth.

One or more teeth seem to be shifting
This is another sign of gum disease. Your teeth should never shift over time, nor should your teeth become loose. When this happens, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes the cause of shifting teeth is that you are already missing one or more teeth, and this causes your teeth to begin moving toward the missing area where the tooth was. There are solutions to this problem, but you don't want to wait until your teeth have shifted so much that they begin to fall out. 

You notice a bump in your mouth
Any time you notice a bump that was not there before, you need to see a dentist immediately. Often these bumps can be canker sores or cysts that are harmless. In the case of a canker sore, it will probably go away on its own. However, when the bump is on the area of the gums above or below the teeth, it may be an abscess. This is a sign that you have a serious problem with one or more of your teeth. Of course, there may not be any pain associated with an abscess, but if you don't see a dentist right away, there likely will be pain in the near future. The best course of action is not to wait and see what happens, but to make an appointment with a dentist today.

You're having a problem eating
Usually, this will relate directly to your bite or chewing your food. You may not be in any pain, but for whatever reason, you don't seem to be able to chew your food like you used to. This problem is directly related to your bite. Over time, your bite can change, and one day, the problem manifests itself while you are eating. It is like it came on suddenly, and perhaps it did, but more often than not, there has been a change in your bite that has been changing over time. There are many reasons for this problem, but you need to see a dentist right away and describe how you feel when eating.


Your teeth are too important to delay seeing a dentist. Although you should see a dentist regularly, there can still be problems that develop between visits. If you experience any of the problems mentioned above, you need to go to the dentist as soon as possible to be diagnosed and treated. 

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