This is a dental health post by Ellie Jo.
As you get older, your body begins showing signs of slowing down. Whether you feel it in your hips, your knees, your back, or even just your mind, aging is a process that none of us can avoid altogether.
One part of our bodies that needs more attention as we get older is our teeth. Our teeth are used every single day and are vital parts of our eating and digestion – but many of us take them for granted until it is too late. As our lives pass, we forget to stop and take note of the changes that are happening.
One of the best ways to take care of your teeth properly is to visit a dentist regularly. Most of the time this will just be for a basic checkup – but occasionally, you might need a more invasive dental procedure.
Here are 3 ways to tell if your teeth need dental work, so you can catch any issues early!
Your teeth feel painful when eating (or in general).
Pain is never a good thing – it is your body’s cry for help. If you begin to feel tooth pain while you are eating, or even just in general, it’s time to visit a dentist.
What does tooth pain mean? It’s hard to say for sure – there are many things that can cause painful teeth. These include:
- Infections in the gum or tooth itself;
- A cracked or chipped tooth that is exposing nerve endings and causing pain;
- Gum disease;
- A loose tooth;
- New teeth pushing through, such as wisdom teeth, at the wrong angle;
… or any number of other possible ailments. Your dentist will examine your teeth closely and be able to get to the bottom of this new source of pain. You might need a procedure, such as dental bridges. To find out more about dental bridge costs, click the link.
You notice a bad odor in your mouth.
Bad breath can happen if you aren’t brushing your teeth properly – but if your bad breath is chronic, it could be a sign of a larger problem. If you are brushing and using mouthwash throughout the day, and still getting an odor in your mouth, it could be a sign of tooth decay.
If there are cavities that are infected or being filled with food that then rots – gross, but true! – you will get bad breath. If you notice bad breath that isn’t going away, speak to your dentist.
You can see signs of decay or buildup of plaque.
Your teeth will visibly change as you get older, but this shouldn’t be a sudden shift in appearance. If you can see something unusual, such as discoloration or a buildup of plaque in a particular area, this will likely need professional dental attention to fix. If you notice something visibly changing in your teeth, you should go to your dentist before the problem worsens.
In conclusion, it’s no use panicking about issues with your teeth – just let the experts do the work! Make sure you are regularly visiting a dentist and picking up on any changes to your oral health.