When is a trip to the dentist necessary?

When is a trip to the dentist necessary?

PREVENTION IS an integral part of good oral hygiene. We recommend visiting the dentist for two regular dental cleanings a year. But what are some signs that something is wrong and you shouldn’t wait until your next regular checkup? Below we have listed the top five:

1. Aches Of Any Kind

Tooth pain is a common indicator that a cavity has advanced to the stage where the dental pulp is becoming infected. This is a major indicator that treatment should be sought immediately.
Other types of pain which should warrant a trip to the dentist includes an aching jaw and frequent headaches. These symptoms are often times associated to issues like bruxism (teeth-grinding).

2. Mouth Sores And Bleeding Gums

Mouth sores are a common occurrence which tend to go away on their own, but can be an indicator of infection or disease. We recommend getting the sores looked at when they appear. Bleeding
after brushing or flossing is another potential indicator which warrants a dental visit. Bleeding gums is one of the first symptoms of gum disease so do not ignore this symptom!

3. Previous Dental Work

A cracked or chipped crown needs to be repaired quickly. Worn out fillings need to be replaced in a timely manner in order to prevent bacteria from living in the gaps. These type of defects can
lead to infection. If you have had any dental work done in the past and you are experiencing issues with it do not wait until your regular appointment to come in to our office!

4. Serious Medical Concerns

Other health conditions like diabetes, eating disorders, and heart disease can affect our oral health as well. The treatment of these conditions can often pose negative side-effects. For example
many medications can cause dry mouth which needless to say will negatively impact the role saliva plays. This is why it is important to inform your dentist if you are diagnosed with a chronic illness
or are taking any new medications.

5. Bad Breath

Bad breath is a common concern for many. Did you know that bad breath is sometimes a symptom of an underlying oral health issue like gum disease? If you are struggling with bad breath let us know so
we can work to discover the reason and a treatment option that works for you.

Keep Up Your Regular Visits!

Although we know you understand the seriousness of the symptoms listed above, we hope you would make it a point to come visit us right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or others.
It is also important to reemphasize scheduling your regular appointments. Many issues appear slowly and over time, so by maintaining these regular appoints every six months most problems should be caught
before they become too serious.

Thank you for trusting us to take care of all your dental needs!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.