Posted on 11/30/2019 by Cheryl
|One of the most underrated things today is having good oral health. Most people assume that because they don't feel any pain or discomfort in the mouth, that everything is alright. In some cases, this is true.
However, there are some serious dental problems that are painless at first. Only when it gets to the worst stage, does the pain begin to surface. At this stage, the steps that need to be taken to rectify the situation are often painful, and even expensive.
Here are a few dental health issues that start off as painless:
Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
One of the most common dental conditions that are often painless at first is gingivitis; or better known as gum disease. This condition causes the gums to swell and start bleeding at the slightest contact such as during flossing or brushing. The condition is caused by a buildup of plaque which originates from not taking care of your teeth as you should. During the first couple of months, you won't feel a thing. When the condition is left untreated, it develops into periodontics which means the infection has spread to the bones and jaw and would take a more radical approach to treat.
One of the most silent yet deadly killer diseases is oral cancer. This is a broad, generalized term for cancer of the tongue, gums, lips, floor of the mouth, cheek and the hard or soft palate. In such situations the growth starts growing slowly and silently. You will often not feel any difference until it's too late. When you visit the dentist, during your oral exam, they can identify any foreign objects and come up with a strategy to combat it. A general rule of thumb when dealing with cancer is that the earlier it's found, the better the outcome.
Since all of these conditions develop slowly and painlessly, most people tend to ignore their teeth. However, visiting the dentist about twice a year will help to identify any issues early or even prevent them altogether. If you haven't had an oral checkup in a while, book an appointment as soon as you can. You might be saving yourself a lot of grief later on.