In Rocky III Rocky gets too cocky and gets knocked out by Clubber Lang, in 1980 the swaggering Russians were defeated by the young US men’s hockey team, and just about every time we think Leo is going to win an Oscar he gets robbed.
Upsets and surprises happen all of the time. The point is you should never get too comfortable with what you think is working perfectly.
Although the examples of Rocky and the 1980 Olympics are on a grander scale than oral health, the point is still the same. Just because you’ve had great oral health in the past doesn’t mean it will always be that way. And furthermore, unlike, say your weight, the side effects aren’t so obvious.
It seems to be that until you visit your dentist you think everything is fine with your teeth. But much of the time that’s not the case – many patients have lurking problems that they don’t realize are there. Though you need a dentist to tell you exactly what’s going on and what to do about it, there are some warnings signs you should watch for.
1. Bad Breath
Medically called halitosis, bad breath is a problem almost everyone has had to deal with at some point. Even if you’re brushing and flossing every morning and night, (the lack of the this is the main cause) you still may end up having bad breath.
If you eat spicy foods that include onions, anchovies, fish and plenty more foods you’re likely to have bad breath, unless you clean your mouth right afterwards.
This may sound weird, but if you lick your hand, wait about 15 seconds, then smell the spot you licked you’ll be able to tell if you have bad breath or not. Breathing into your hand is not as effective as you probably thought.
And if you do discover that your breath is less than pleasant, it could be an indication of something more serious going on. It might be as simple as cleaning your tongue or avoiding certain foods, but we’ll be able to tell you if there’s anything else that needs to be treated.
2. Bleeding Gums
Just because you don’t have bleeding gums now doesn’t mean that they’re in perfect condition. First, make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. And if brushing or flossing leads to some bleeding then your gums probably aren’t in the best condition after all.
You know that feeling your teeth get when you put freezing cold ice cream onto them? That feeling is normal and usually goes away quickly. But, if this same pain happens often when you are eating or drinking somewhat warm or cold foods or drinks, then this might be an indication of a dental problem.
In this case there may be different things causing the problem so it’s important to check in with your dentist just to be sure. They may just recommend using a special toothpaste that helps protect against sensitivity, but it’s best to be on the safe side and get a diagnosis.
Just because you don’t have a painful toothache doesn’t mean that your teeth are healthy. There might be dangerous things going on below the surface, which only a dentist can detect.
You should always see your dentist for regular check-ups at least twice a year, but if you observe any of these warning signs you know it may be time for an extra visit to see what’s going on.