1. You Have Chronic Bad Breath

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Bad breath, known as halitosis, may not be caused by your tooth brushing habits or from not brushing your teeth at all.  Halitosis could be the first sign of a dental issue or an infection which needs to be treated so you can go back to sweet smelling breath.

2. Your Teeth Are Sensitive To Hot, Cold Or Sugary Foods

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If you’re noticing increased sensitivity to hot, cold or sugary foods, it could mean that you have a cavity.  This sensitivity could also be a sign of something serious such as gum recession or root exposure.  It’s really important to see your dentist and get a correct diagnosis so you don’t have to suffer further.

3. Your Gums Bleed When Brushing Or Flossing

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When you brush your teeth or floss them and notice some bleeding, it could mean you have gum disease and it should be checked out before worsening.  Sufferers often think it will just go away but exactly the opposite can occur.

4. You’ve Got Pain In Your Teeth, Mouth And Jaw

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Pain is the body’s first warning sign that something’s wrong.  If you have pain in any area of your mouth or your jaw continuously aches, you shouldn’t hesitate to book an appointment with your dentist.  Even minimal soreness can lead to major issues.

5. You Have A Bump Or Rough Area In Your Mouth, Tongue Or Cheek

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If you feel a bump or rough surface in your mouth or you have a cut there that isn’t healing, there’s a chance it may be HPV or oral cancer.  You don’t have to be a smoker or be experiencing pain for it to be a serious issue.  That’s why you must visit your dentist to find out what is going on.

6. You Get Frequent Headaches

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People who clench and grind their teeth at night can put so much force on both the teeth and jaws muscles, that it causes headaches.  This can be remedied by a custom fitted night guard to eliminate this habit.  Some patients are often unaware they are even doing this.

7. Your Jaw Hurts

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Jaw pain can be caused by a whole host of different factors.  Impacted wisdom teeth is a common one although something more serious could be happening, such as a growing tumor or cancer. A dental x-ray can rule out and treat the matter.

8. You Have A Bad Taste In Your Mouth

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A bad taste in your mouth may be due to an abscess which is a pocket of pus caused by infection.  It forms in the mouth and you can taste the pus as it seeps out.  Getting to the root of the problem is important because you shouldn’t let an infection fester.

9. Your Teeth Look Shorter

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Another warning sign of teeth grinding can show up in the teeth’s appearance.  If you find yourself looking in the mirror and realizing your teeth are not looking as big as they used to be, it could be as a result of grinding.  This leads to the stronger enamel in the mouth breaking down.

10. Your Mouth Tastes Of Metal

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Having a metallic taste in your mouth could be an alarming sign that you have gingivitis.  If you do experience this symptom, you shouldn’t waste time putting off a dental appointment.  Gingivitis is a disease of the gums.

11. Your Teeth Are Discolored

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Discoloration of a tooth could lead to further problems in your mouth.  It usually indicates that a tooth has been injured and this may lead to infection.  Ignored by the individual could result in them having to lose the tooth which is obviously distressing for them.

12. You Suffer With Migraines

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People do not know that bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding, can cause severe migraines.  The constant grinding can put stress on the temporomandibular joints which are situated on the side of your head, by your ears.  A comfortable mouthpiece can alleviate this.

13. You Wake Up Tired Every Morning

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The dentist is probably not the person you would expect to contact if you are experiencing fatigue but the problem could stem from your teeth.  You may have sleep apnea, where you stop breathing repeatedly and your sleep is interrupted.  If this is due to a heart issue, your dentist can check your gums to determine if you are clenching your teeth to open up your airway.

14. Your Saliva Has Changed

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If you have noticed that your saliva has been changing consistency, in that it is thicker, then there could be many reasons for this.  Googling a diagnosis and remedy is not the way forward.  You need to be seen by a dentist, the professional who can find out the cause.

15. Your Ears Hurt

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Ear pain can be caused by an ear infection but it can also have a direct link to your dental wellbeing.  Infections of the teeth and gums can create referred ear pain.  As well as pain, it can also cause ringing in the ears which is very difficult for the sufferer.

16. Your Gums Are Receding

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Have you noticed that your gums appear to be receding because your teeth are becoming more visible?  it could be a sign of bone loss, points out dental consultant, Dr Suerta.  To figure out the exact cause of the recession means going to see your dentist.

17. Your Retainer Isn’t Fitting Correctly

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When your retainer isn’t fitting the way it used to, it’s time for a new one. When the teeth begin shifting, it breeds permanent changes to the balance of the jaw which can then lead to TMJ dysfunction (movement of the jaw) later in life. Crowded teeth also means you can’t get your toothbrush right into the tooth and gums, so putting yourself at the risk of decay or gum disease.

18. You Haven’t Seen A Dentist In Ages

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If you haven’t seen your dentist in more than 6 months or you still have dental benefits that you haven’t used up yet,  you should head in for a check up and hygienist appointment to deep clean those pearly whites.  Your teeth will feel so smooth afterwards and your gums nice and pink.

19. You Try To Hide Your Smile

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Self conscious about a missing tooth, crooked teeth, discolored teeth or even pain when smiling widely, then it’s time you stopped putting off the inevitable.  The thought of seeing the dentist is usually worse than the actual visit an you’ll be relieved you made it.

20. You’ve Had Dental Work Done

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If you’ve had fillings, crowns, dentures or dental implants, that shouldn’t be the end of your dentist journey.  In fact, the opposite applies.  Your dentist needs to check your previous treatments are still ok and that your gums are healthy.

21. You Have Ongoing Medical Issues

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You should make your dentist part of your regular team if you have a medical condition such as diabetes, HIV positive, heart problems or an eating disorder.  So much can be read about your health from your mouth and teeth.

22. You’re Pregnant

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It is perfectly safe to visit your dentist when you are pregnant.  Some dental problems can worsen during pregnancy, such as gum issues and a sore tongue, so it’s important you don’t miss any of your check ups.  You need to be in the best health you can while carrying a little one inside of you.

23. You’re Having Trouble Eating

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Are you passing on foods you have to chew before you can digest them and swapping them for soups and soft liquified foods?  Then you know this is not normal behavior and you should see your dentist so they can find out exactly what is happening in your mouth.

24. You Have A Dry Mouth

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Always feeling parched might be the sign of a medical issue or a side effect of medication you have been prescribed by your doctor.  Get that appointment booked with your dentist and be sure to bring a list of all your medications with you.

25. You Use Any Kind of Tobacco

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None of us need reminding how bad smoking is for us because of the dangers that tobacco can cause, from bad breath to oral cancer and that’s just talking about the mouth.  There’s the rest of the body to consider as well.  A 6 monthly inspection by your dentist is imperative if you are a smoker.

26. It’s Time For Your Check-Up

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Even if aren’t experiencing any symptoms, check ups are important because they help prevent problems from developing and can treat existing symptoms before they become more advanced.  That 5-10 minutes examination by your dentist can be worth its weight in gold.

27. You Have Loose or Shifting Teeth

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Once our childhood milk teeth have fallen out, the permanent teeth that then grow should should last a lifetime.  If you feel your teeth are shifting or you notice they are loose, you should take it seriously since it could be a sign of bone loss or an infection.

28. You’re Experiencing Numbness In Your Mouth

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If you have been experiencing a toothache and numbness in your mouth, it might be a sign that an infection has already spread to the roots of the tooth.  In this case, a root canal therapy may be needed and you shouldn’t waste time in contacting your dentist.

29. You Have White Spots On Your Teeth

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White spots on the surface of the teeth may be an indication of early stages of tooth decay.  If you visit your dentist straight away, it could halt the decay process before the cavity is formed and you won’t then need to have the tooth filled.

30. Mouth Injury

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People of all ages can experience mouth injuries in their teeth, jaw, tongue or gums.   A dentist will even consider a small cut or puncture as an injury, especially in children.  A chipped tooth could lead on to grinding which will affect the jaw so make sure you see your dentist.