If you take good care of your teeth at home but never visit a dentist, this will result in severe tooth decay which leads to cavities and maybe root canals. Not seeing your dentist can also cause other problems with your teeth that you may not realize. Below are three signs you should watch out indicating that you need to seek treatment from a dentist quickly.

Swollen, Red, Sore, Gums

If you have been noticing swollen, red, sore, gums and blood on your toothbrush and in your sink after brushing your teeth, this is a warning sign that you have a periodontal disease, which is a gum infection. If not taken care of, the infection will spread to your other teeth and even to your jawbone. Over time, all of your teeth will become loose and you will have to have them extracted and replaced with dental implants or dentures.

You should be very concerned about this not only for your teeth health but for your health as well. Studies have shown that periodontal disease increases your risk of having a heart attack.

Bad Breath

If you have chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, you should see your dentist. This usually means you have bacteria growing nearby. This bacterium could be plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth. If you do not take care of your teeth, such as with brushing and flossing each day, food particles can get stuck in-between your teeth and stay there. Once this happens, bacteria can grow between your teeth and around your gums.

You will also notice that your tongue looks coated all the time. This is because harmful bacteria can hide on the surface of your tongue also and start growing there. Because there is a lot of bacteria on your tongue, the bacteria can also get on your teeth, causing tooth decay.

Besides taking care of the dental problems, your dentist will likely prescribe antibacterial mouthwash to you.

Sores and Spots in Your Mouth

If you notice that something just doesn't feel or look right in your mouth and it has been going on for more than a week or so, you should see your dentist for an examination. You likely have a mouth sore, such as leukoplakia, cold sores, candidiasis or canker sores. Mouth sores could also be a symptom of a disorder or disease, infection, fungus, or a type of virus.

Your dentist can give you much more information about these problems and also go over with you other things that can go wrong if you do not see them for regular checkups.

For more information, contact Arrowhead Family Dentistry S. M. Bhatt DDS Inc. or a similar location.