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5 signs you need your teeth checked

5 signs you need your teeth checked

Heading to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favourite thing to do, but it’s super important for the health of your teeth and gums. A regular check in with your dentist can help prevent future oral health issues and keep your smile sparkling.

To help you know when it might be time to book in a visit, Health Partners Dentist Tim Burton has a chat to us about what to look out for.

1. Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing

If you’re experiencing bleeding, it could be an early sign of developing gingivitis or a deeper gum disease. It can also mean that you’re brushing or flossing too vigorously which can eventually be damaging to your teeth and gums.

2. Toothache or sensitivity

Some common causes of pain in your teeth and gums are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Defective fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Infection
  • Tooth-grinding

If you’re feeling anything unusual you should have it checked by your dentist to find the underlying problem. If left untreated the issue will likely become worse and can possibly even affect your general health.

3. Cracked or broken teeth

A broken tooth or filling can expose the sensitive part of your tooth or cause food to get caught in the cavity. Generally, the earlier these problems are looked at, the simpler they are to fix.

4. Bad breath

While bad breath or a bad taste can be normal after eating certain foods, if it persists there’s possibly an underlying problem. This could include:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Infection
  • Dry mouth

Bad breath can also be a sign of sinus, throat or lung problems.

5. Mouth sores

Mouth sores are ulcers, lumps or colour changes in soft tissues, including gums, tongue, lips, cheek and palate.

Most common mouth sores should heal within a week or two. If a sore lasts longer than this, it should be checked by your dentist to rule out anything serious.

It’s difficult to inspect all parts of your mouth at home, so your dentist should perform a complete soft-tissue screening at your check-up.


Everyone’s oral health is different, but it’s recommended to see a dentist every six months for a full check-up. If you suspect there might be something wrong in between visits, make an earlier appointment to get it sorted.

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