For many people, the festive period and the few days after New Year’s Eve mean eating some of our favorite foods and sweets.
This can wreak havoc on our teeth, and one dentist has revealed important signs to watch out for in the weeks to come, meaning you should make an appointment.
Speaking to The Sun, Dr. Azad Eyrumlu, in London Banning Dental Group, says it’s really important that people keep their dental appointments up to date.
The pandemic has seen many people struggle to get appointments, and that backlog continues to make it difficult for patients to get placements.
Data from the Banning Dental Group shows that three-quarters of people with difficulty accessing NHS treatment have had to wait more than three months.
Their poll found that 34% of people said they had waited 4 to 6 months, and another 15% said they had waited 7 to 9 months.
A staggering 12% said they had waited 16 months or longer.
When it comes to looking after your oral health, Dr. Eyrumlu says bleeding gums is generally caused by poor oral hygiene, although there are other causes.
He added: “It’s best to see your hygienist every six months, and if you’re a smoker or have fragile gums, you should see them more often.
“Bleeding gums are often caused by not brushing properly, causing plaque to accumulate between teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria and if not removed it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
“There’s also some research that points to a possible link between inflamed gums and general health concerns like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.”
Another issue a professional should consider, Dr. Eyrumlu says, is receding gums.
Receding gums are often caused by the development of gum disease but can also be caused by brushing too hard and can get worse with age.
This can lead to sensitivity because the roots can open up as the gums recede.
“If left untreated, a tooth that may simply need a filling may require extraction or root canal treatment,” says Dr. Eyrumlu.
“Pain, swelling, and lesions in the mouth and lips can be a number of causes and should be looked at by a dentist.
“Detecting problems early and taking action can in many cases prevent treatment from being successful. They can also save your life.”
SIGNS OF DEATH ONLY
More than 8,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer in the UK each year.
Key signs of oral cancer include painful and non-healing mouth ulcers, unexplained loose teeth or sockets that don’t heal after tooth extraction, and voice changes.
Eyrumlu says a sore on your gums may require just a basic treatment plan, but you wouldn’t want it to become more serious.
He added: “It’s really important that people maintain regular appointments with their dentist.
“Prevention is always better than cure and in a lot of cases, something that could have been prevented with a hygienist appointment can later lead to the need for fillings.
“Just as a test, if you’re having problems between appointments you shouldn’t put off trying to see someone.”
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