It is easy to ignore signs that you need to visit the dentist. However, the longer you leave booking an appointment, the greater the risk that you will develop complications related to any existing oral health issues. Untreated dental health problems are likely to become increasingly painful and more expensive to treat, which means it really can pay to visit your dentist sooner rather than later. Below are 3 signs that you need to see your dentist for a check-up and treatment.

Spots, bumps, sores or numbness

While the occasional canker sore will normally heal within a week or two, any spots or sores within your mouth which persist for longer should never be ignored. If you notice any swelling of the soft tissues, unusual spots, bumps and sores on the roof of your mouth or tongue or experience any numbness, this could be a sign of early-stage oral cancer. You should visit your dentist for an oral exam so that they can identify the cause of the problem and offer suitable treatment.

Bad breath

Everyone has bad breath now and again, usually after consuming food or drink which has a strong odour. However, if you notice that you have bad breath on a regular basis this could be a sign of serious dental issues. It could be that one of your teeth is decaying and needs to be extracted or you may have an infection in your gums which is releasing a foul odour. You may be suffering from a persistent dry mouth, which means that bacteria isn't being washed away by saliva. Your dentist will be able to assess the cause of your bad breath and treat the problem.

Lighter teeth

Everyone wants white teeth, so you may be pleased when you first notice that your teeth look lighter in colour. However, if you have not recently received a teeth whitening treatment, lighter looking teeth could, in fact, be a sign of advanced dental decay. As the enamel coating on your teeth erodes, you teeth may start to look lighter in colour eventually becoming almost see through. This is because minerals which make them look white are being lost. If you notice that you are developing lighter teeth, you should book an appointment with your dentist so they can check your oral health.

If you have any concerns about your oral health, you should book an appointment with a dentist at a practice like Surfers Dental Centre today.