• 10 Signs that you need to see a Dentist

      Visiting the dentist is required every six months, yet most people fail to do so due to busy schedules. Regular brushing and flossing of teeth at home does not exempt one from visiting the dentist for regular check-up and cleaning. Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), one of Asia’s leading dental centers with its Cebu clinic at the 3/F of SM Seaside City, shares ten red flags that should not be taken for granted.

      1. Pain and Swelling

      A toothache is something that cannot be ignored. Pain may be characterized by a sharp, constant throbbing feeling. For some, pain only results when pressure is applied to the tooth. Causes include dental decay, an injury, or an infection. Even if the pain has already subsided, one should still see a dentist.

      2. Gum Problems

      Gum disease is the inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone surrounding and supporting the teeth. This can be painless at first, but it may lead to more serious problems. It is important to be aware and to consult a dentist if any of these symptoms arise:

      • Gums that easily bleed when brushing or flossing
      • Swollen or tender gums
      • Persistent bad breath
      • Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
      • Loose teeth
      • Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums

      3. White Spots on Teeth

      White spots are ordinarily a loss of mineral content on the surface of the teeth (enamel). It is also called “hypocalcification”. If treated soon enough, it is possible to halt the decay process before the cavity forms. Here are some major causes of white spots on teeth:

      • Dry mouth – When there is not enough saliva to keep the mouth’s pH level near neutral, acid producing bacteria will thrive and attack the teeth. Certain prescription drugs, medical conditions, tobacco usage, and breathing with an open mouth when sleeping can trigger this.
      • Acidic Food and Drinks – consuming too much of this, like eating sour candies or drinking sports drinks, carbonated soda, etc; can rapidly eat away the teeth’s enamel and natural minerals due to the high acidic content.
      • Acid Reflux – GERD, it is when the mouth experiences abnormal high levels of acidity. This acidity can damage teeth.
      • Plaque buildup from poor oral hygiene – Plaque is formed on teeth after eating carbohydrates. Bacteria feeds on sugar inside the mouth and produces acidic waste that dissolves enamel causing white decalcification and cavities.
      • Excessive fluoride (FLUOROSIS) – Consuming excessive fluoride during teeth development. For instance, living in an area where drinking water contains high fluoride level can also cause white spots.
      • Wearing braces – Braces do not cause white spots, but poor hygiene while wearing them can.

      4. Problems with Dental Work

      Even given the sturdiness of fillings, crowns, implants and other dental work; everything that can be chewed can loosen the fixtures.

      5. Changes of Color or Texture in Mouth

      If anything unusual has been happening in the color or texture of a mouth, from persistent white or red patches to lumps forming where there were none, a dentist check-up is needed to address the problem.

      6. Increased Sensitivity to Heat and Cold

      A sensitivity that is felt when eating or drinking something cold or hot may be caused by tooth decay. When dental decay first occurs, it affects the surface of the teeth. As it advances, it makes its way to the center of the teeth where the nerves are located.

      7. Persistent Bad Breath

      Having bad breath can be embarrassing and affect self-confidence. Not all people are even aware of having bad breath. Fortunately, this problem is often easy to fix.

      8. Chronic Headache

      Experiencing frequent headaches, especially in the morning, is a possible effect from grinding teeth at night. Dentists can provide a mouth guard that may be worn at night to protect the teeth and alleviate chronic headaches.

      9. Jaw Problems

      This is also known as TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER (TMD). Difficulty in opening or closing the mouth, popping when chewing, or an uneven bite could become a serious issue if left untreated.

      10. Lingering Sores

      Sores can be quite common for some people. But if it lasts for a week or longer, seek dental attention immediately. Canker sores, leukoplakia, and cold sores are possible signs of a bigger problem and can be traced to either a virus or infection.

      To address these dental health concerns, visit Gan Advanced Osseointegration Clinic (GAOC). It offers an extensive list of services from general dentistry to oral surgery, orthodontics, cosmetic and laser dentistry, and pediatric dentistry to name a few. The man behind GAOC is world-renowned dental surgeon Steve Mark G. Gan D.M.D. and together with his highly skilled team of dentists, GAOC provides gentle, caring and professional care coupled with the most advanced dental equipment and facilities available.

      Book an appointment by contacting 0917 - 840 - 4262 and visit www.gaocdental.com for more info.
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      Comments 2 Comments
      1. Andrewlang's Avatar
        Andrewlang -
        When I had a tooth extraction I was so high I told the dentist to "whip it out and stick it in my mouth" and started sucking on his finger in front of the dental assistant.
      1. Siegward's Avatar
        Siegward -
        Very insightful information, thanks! I used to think that brushing your teeth once a day and going to the dentist occasionally in three months was enough. Well, after I experienced problems with my gums and wisdom teeth, I discovered that my practices were not good at all. I visited this emergency dentist thousand oaks who really opened my eyes in regard to this matter. He had to do a complete hygiene cleaning procedure as well as removing one wisdom tooth who gave me so much pain. Now, I definitely take care of my oral hygiene more and I am very cautious about how I treat my teeth.

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