What Are Early Signs of Dental Trouble?

woman holds her jaw in pain with an early sign of dental trouble

Just like your general health, it’s important to monitor your oral health, too. There are some signs that you can look out for in order to catch problems while they’re still small. Read on to learn more about early signs of dental trouble!

Early Signs of Dental Issues

Wondering what to watch for when monitoring your oral health? These symptoms usually indicate you may need dental treatment right away.

  • Bleeding Gums: Bleeding gums are a common sign of gum disease. If you have started to notice that your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth or when you eat, you may be developing gingivitis.
  • Chronic Bad Breath: Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a telltale sign that you may have an underlying dental issue. Bad breath can be linked to cavities or to the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis.
  • Tooth Discoloration: Sudden tooth discoloration can mean your tooth’s root is damaged. Sudden tooth discoloration may suggest that you need a root canal.
  • Tooth Sensitivity or Tooth Pain: Tooth sensitivity and tooth pain are symptoms that you should not take lightly. They could indicate that you have tooth damage, cavities, or worn-down tooth enamel.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you need to see a dental professional right away. The earlier you start treating dental issues, the less likely you are to need more costly, complex dental treatment.

Schedule Your Next Dental Checkup

In addition to keeping an eye on your own dental health, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting the dentist twice a year for an exam and cleaning. Your dentist will thoroughly examine your smile and look for any abnormalities and treat them right away to prevent more severe dental problems from arising!

Overdue for your biannual dental checkup? We’d love to perform your exam and cleaning at our Seattle, WA office. Contact Reen Chung, DDS to book your appointment!

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