Visiting our Bath dentists for regular check-ups is the key to impeccable and sustained oral health. Routine visits to see our established dental professionals at Widcombe Dental Practice afford patients the knowledge that their oral health is in good order, and any issues detected can be addressed in a timely manner with our general treatments..
While it may be relatively common for people to procrastinate and avoid a trip to the dentist, warning signs arise for a reason and evading the issue will more than likely lead to further relinquishment of your oral wellbeing. Electric Teeth report that: “Over 2 million UK adults haven’t been to the dentist in over 10 years” and that “1 in 5 Brits admit to being afraid or anxious about visiting the dentist.”
Here, our Bath dental experts outline 10 signifiers that it’s time to visit your local dentist:
Chronic Bad Breath
Bad breath, or halitosis to give it its medical label, can be caused by a lack of brushing or a bad habits when brushing. It indicates a buildup of plaque and bacteria and may be the first indicator of an infection or other dental problems, which are only identifiable by a dental professional. Organise a general treatments appointment with our leading Bath dental clinic today if you suffer from consistently bad breath.
If your teeth are sensitive to either hot or cold food and drink, or even foods with a high sugar content, you should seek the judgement of your dentist. Sensitivity could be caused by a cavity, root exposure or gum recession, however it may also define the early stages of something much more serious.
Shorter Teeth Than Normal
You may notice your teeth look smaller in appearance as a result of excessive grinding. The grinding of teeth leads to the break down of enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to cavities as well as exposed nerves. Gum swelling and overgrowth can also make your teeth appear smaller, although we can solve this swiftly by removing the excess gum tissue.
If your gums bleed during flossing or brushing you may have gum disease and could be on your way to tooth loss. Bleeding gums can be caused as a result of hard brushing but could also be a sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease. You should consult your dentist if your teeth bleed during cleaning rituals – after all, you wouldn’t ignore blood coming from any other body part on a regular basis. If gum disease has led to tooth loss already, talk to us about a solution, such as having dental implants in Bath.
Jaw Pain (TMJ)
As we outlined in a previous article, TMJ & Jaw Pain: How your Dentist in Bath can help, jaw pain can be brought on by a number of things, but it is essential to decipher what is causing the discomfort. A leading cause of jaw pain is impacted wisdom teeth, yet at Widcombe Dental Practice we also treat a lot of patients suffering from TMJ (Temporomandibular Disorder).
TMJ affects the muscles in the base of the skull and lower jaw. Visit us for a dental x-ray and consequent evaluation if you experience any sort of jaw pain, including:
- Clicking or popping when you move your mouth
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Earache or buzzing noise
A discoloured tooth ordinarily suggests that it has been injured physically or damaged by dietary habits and a lack of general oral cleanliness over time. It is significant to notice a tooth that is getting darker, as delaying the issue with the help of your dentist could lead to an extraction or root canal treatment.
If you gnash or grind your teeth at night – otherwise known as bruxing – you may be asserting so much pressure on your jaw muscles, in particular the masseter and temporalis muscles, that severe headaches are brought on. If you notice a correlation between regular headaches and teeth grinding, book an appointment to organise a solution to the issue with our dentists in Bath. The most common solution to this issue is a custom fitted mouth guard.
Head, Neck and Lymph Node Checks
As well as assessing your tongue, mouth and gums and checking for oral cancer, your dentist will also check your neck, jaw and lymph nodes (located just under your jawline) for any swelling or other abnormalities. Swollen lymph nodes generally don’t cause pain or seem a problem, making this side of a routine check-up all the more significant.
A Bump or Rough Surface in Your Cheek, Mouth or Tongue
If you detect a bump, cut or rough surface in your mouth, it is important to get it checked by your dentist as it could be a sign of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) or oral cancer. You do not have to be a smoker or experience pain to have a pressing problem, therefore if you notice any of the above, you should arrange a meeting with your dentist immediately.
You Haven’t Been to Your Bath Dentist in a While
Sure, this sounds like common sense, however as we know a trip to your dentist probably isn’t at the top of many people’s things to do throughout the week. However it is important to come and see your Bath dentist at regular intervals as, even if you can’t feel or see anything amiss with your oral well-being, we’re able to detect current or developing issues and treat them before they turn into something more pressing.
Visit Our Leading Bath Dentists
At Widcombe Dental Practice, we utilise our industry experience and professionalism to provide each patient with a thorough examination of their oral well-being. We have four comprehensive dental plans to choose from, each of which have a list of additional benefits attached. Contact our friendly team on 01225 317 681 to arrange a routine check-up, or to speak to us about any dental issues you may be having.