Good oral health is essential for overall well being; many of us don’t pay enough attention to our teeth until it’s too late. If you find yourself frequently dealing with sensitive teeth, cavities or bleeding gums, then it may be time to take better care of your teeth. In this article we will look at the warning signs that indicate it’s time to start paying closer attention to your dental hygiene, as well as how you can protect yourself from future problems by taking better care of your teeth.
Your Teeth Are Sensitive
Sensitive teeth can be a sign that you need to start paying more attention to your dental hygiene. Tooth sensitivity, or dentin hypersensitivity, occurs when the hard outer layer of the tooth (enamel) has been worn away and left the inner layers exposed. This can occur due to over-brushing, too much acid in your diet or from receding gums. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it’s important to take steps to protect the exposed areas of your teeth such as using a soft-bristled brush and brushing more gently when cleaning your teeth. Remember, it’s brushing, not scrubbing! You can also avoid acidic foods and drinks and use a desensitizing toothpaste to help.
You Always Get Cavities
Getting cavities all the time is generally a clear sign that you need to take dental care more seriously. Cavities occur when bacteria builds up in the mouth and forms a sticky film, known as plaque, on the teeth. This can cause tooth decay and lead to cavities if not removed through regular brushing and flossing. While some people are more prone to cavities due to their genetics, it’s more likely to happen if you don’t brush your teeth regularly or you eat sugary foods. To protect your teeth from cavities, make sure you brush twice daily and floss at least once a day.
Your Gums Bleed
Bleeding gums is one of the most obvious signs that something is wrong with your teeth. It can be caused by a number of factors, including improper brushing and flossing technique, periodontal disease, or even vitamin deficiencies. No matter what’s causing the bleeding, it is important to take it seriously as it can lead to major problems if not dealt with properly. If your gums are bleeding, make an appointment with your dentist, and in the meantime make sure you brush and floss more carefully to prevent further damage.
None of us want to think about dental decay or poor oral health, but it’s important to be proactive and take care of our teeth. If you’re experiencing any sensitivity, bleeding gums, or cavities, make sure to see a dentist as soon as you can and, most importantly, keep up with your at-home dental hygiene routine.
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