Of course most of us go to the dentist when we have a tooth ache, but many of us wait until the symptoms are severe. Often it’s best to visit your dentist at the first sign of trouble. Swelling, Intermittent pain, sudden increase in sensitivities to cold or hot or bleeding gums are all symptoms that should not be ignored.
Swelling of the gums can be an indication of an infection and should never be ignored. Often the sooner an infection is discovered and treated, the better the outcome. Intermittent pain on chewing can be an indication of cracked tooth syndrome and cracks in teeth should be addressed before they are allowed to propagate and cause worse problems for a patient. A sudden increase in sensitivity to cold or hot liquids should not be ignored since this can be a evidence of an underlying tooth problem that may need to be treated. Bleeding gums also can be a cause for concern since they often signify that a gingivitis or periodontal inflammation or infection is present.