3 Red Flags That Your Teeth Are In Trouble
Tooth woes can do the same, and it can be confusing to decide whether to ignore them or seek help.
Well, in all honesty, a face to face check up and an x-ray or two are usually needed for a true diagnosis.
But being the tooth whisperer (*chuckle*) that I am, here are some red flags i.e. the I-cant-afford-to-let-THIS-get-out of-hand that require immediate attention:
1. Sensitivity to heat
While its not uncommon to get a zinger or two with cold things like ice water or ice-cream, its inconvenient though not often serious. But ooh boy if you get a zinger with your hot coffee or soup, its time to take notice.
Heat is a signal, loud and clear, that something is brewing, like a cavity or a root canal-to-be.
2. Lumps or bumps
Notice something new (to you) that wasnt there before, on your lip, gums or tongue? If it doesnt go away within a week or so on its own, get it checked.
It may be nothing serious, at least thats what we hope for. Then again, it could. And theres only one way to find outby getting it looked at and possibly biopsied.
Biopsy may be a scary word, but all it is a getting a sample of your cheek or tongue using a swab or a brush for a closer look. The last thing you want to do is ignore it, and it turn out to be oral cancer.
The same goes for any red or white spots, even if theyre not lumpy or bumpy.
3. Throbbing toothache
A dull and/or throbbing ache almost always is an infection waving to you, Yoo-hoo, Im here! Left on its own to dilly dally, infection can keep spreading, painful or not. Before long, it can spread far enough to be life-threatening (and yes, an infection from something as small as a tooth can do that).
On a side note, Ill add that it is perfectly possible to have a cavity, a lump or an infection happily brewing inside your body, and IT DOES NOT HURT.
Then again, neither does dangerously high blood pressure or cholesterol . . . at first. Out of sight may mean out of mind, but not necessarily out of trouble.
We strongly advocate prevention and oral wellness, but if you have an issue thats misbehaving, let us know.