Sometimes determining if you have a dental problem can be tricky. Not all dental issues present clear, noticeable symptoms, or are easily self-diagnosed. So if it’s been more than six months since your last checkup, it’s definitely time to schedule a cleaning. This visit will allow the dentist to check for any burgeoning problems, like a cavity or gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, as well as removing any plaque buildup that could lead to potential problems. And if you’re already pretty certain that you are struggling with some form of dental issue, rest assured there are many ways a restorative dentist can help. And the sooner you schedule a visit the better off your smile will be!
I’ve noticed discoloration on one/a few of my teeth. What does that mean?
While some staining, over time, is natural and frequently occurs simply because of the foods and beverages a person drinks, distinct changes in the teeth’s color could be subtle signs of dental problems.
Grey lines or white patches, for instance, are often symptoms of cavities. And in some cases, teeth appear yellow because of plaque buildup, which has calcified onto the teeth. Keep in mind plaque buildup is responsible for many dental issues, because it can create acidity that begins to erode the teeth’s enamel.
It’s a good idea to schedule a dental appointment if you notice significant changes in your teeth’s appearance, both from a preventive standpoint, and if you have any esthetic concerns. Keep in mind that professional whitening is a safe and effective way to drastically lighten the teeth and to address many discoloration issues, but it’s only going to be effective if your smile is already in good health. So it’s wise to check with your dentist to determine if discoloration is due to simple staining or a bigger dental issue.