There are so many good reasons to visit your dentist regularly! You probably already know how helpful your dentist can be in spotting and treating common dental issues such as plaque, cavities and gum disease.
But did you know that there are all sorts of other symptoms your dentist will be able to spot and help you with?
We’ve gathered together five symptoms you might not know your dentist can help you with. Some of these symptoms are things you’ll know you’re suffering from. However, others are hidden symptoms that may otherwise have gone undetected.
1. A smooth tongue
A smooth tongue can be a symptom of an iron deficiency. This can occur when all the small papillae fall off your tongue. This is sometimes accompanied by a burning sensation, but other patients won’t have noticed the issue at all.
2. Mouth ulcers
It’s not uncommon to get mouth ulcers occasionally. However, long-lasting or very large mouth ulcers can be a sign of a more serious condition. Your dentist will be able to advise on whether an ulcer could be a sign of something more serious such as mouth cancer or Crohn’s Disease.
3. Wiggly teeth
If your teeth wiggle about a bit, it’s likely to be related to some kind of gum problem. This could be gum disease related, or in some cases it might be a sign that you have undiagnosed diabetes or even osteoporosis. Your dentist will be able to help investigate this.
4. Waking up in the middle of the night
If you’re having very unsettled nights but don’t know why, this can sometimes be caused by GERD (gastrointestinal reflux disease). Your dentist will be able to check the back of your mouth to see if there are signs of GERD including dissolved teeth enamel and lesions near the back of your mouth.
5. Jaw pain
There are all sorts of things that can cause jaw pain. It could be due to bruxism (teeth grinding), poor teeth alignment or even early onset arthritis. Your dentist is a good first port of call to help you get to the bottom of it.
Do you have any of these symptoms? Or are you concerned about what may be going on inside your mouth without your knowledge? Scheduling a dental check up is a great way to make sure that all is as it should be. Here’s how to get in touch and book an appointment.