There are so many things that can cause you to forget to look after yourself. Self-care is important in life but so is health care and if you’re not paying attention to your body, how are you supposed to hear what it’s telling you? Listening to your body is so important because the more in-tune you are with it, the better off you’ll be.
Your mouth is one area of your body you’re going to take notice of when things start to hurt or bleed. If you’re brushing your teeth and your mouth is pooling with blood, then you should be more mindful of how your oral health is looking. If you need to straighten your teeth, think about buying clear aligners and gradually helping them over time. You should be listening to your mouth and here are all the reasons to do so:
- You spit blood in the sink. When you’re brushing and flossing your teeth, you’re doing so because you are looking for ways to keep your mouth clean. The problem is that when you brush too hard or your gums are in poor condition, you can end up spitting blood into the sink. Gum disease can lead to bone loss if you leave it untreated and if you are seeing blood when you spit your paste, then you need to get that sorted out as soon as possible.
- You’re seeing more teeth than usual. There is a phrase: going long in the tooth. What this means is when your gum line recedes, showing you more of your teeth than you usually see in the mirror. Receding gums can expose the root of your teeth, which can lead to sensitivity, infection, and pain over time. It can even lead to tooth loss and no one wants that!
- You have a constantly dry mouth. We all know that saliva and water can help to lubricate your mouth. When your mouth is healthy, it’s well lubricated and if your mouth is completely dry, you are going to need to get seen. An unusually dry mouth can be a sign of illness so speak to your dentist and find out what’s causing the dry mouth.
- Your teeth are loose. A clear sign that you need to see a dentist and listen to your mouth is that your teeth are loose. If you notice changes or you feel your adult teeth wobbling, you need to get some help. It’s likely due to bone loss or a deep-rooted infection, and you’ll need that checked as soon as possible.
- Your teeth hurt. Toothache is a good sign that you should look after your teeth and you shouldn’t ignore this. Pain and sensitivity can be caused by many things but you should make a point of visiting the dentist and ensuring that your teeth are in the best possible health. Grinding can cause issues but a mouthguard at night time can help. Treating the underlying issue will help!