You’re supposed to visit the dentist twice a year — every six months — for a cleaning and exam. Do you find yourself rescheduling your appointments or putting them off? It’s normal to subconsciously avoid an activity you may think of as unpleasant, but regular dental visits are enormously beneficial for your health and your budget.
When you visit the dentist for cleanings and examinations, you’re taking charge of your oral health and allowing your dental team to diagnose problems before they escalate, saving you money and discomfort.
How do you know if it’s time to see your dentist? Here are six signs you should stop procrastinating and schedule a visit right away:
You Develop a Toothache
Toothaches are never good news. Normally it means that a cavity is starting to grow. Less common reasons may include teeth grinding, gum infection or a problem with a crown or filling. Regardless, when you start to feel consistent pain in a tooth, it’s time to get an assessment.
Your Gums Bleed Easily
Do your gums bleed even though you brushing correctly and floss on a regular basis? Are they red and inflamed? This could be a sign you’re developing periodontal (gum) disease and you need to be seen right away.
Bleeding, swollen gums also could point to an infection in a tooth, and the longer you wait to see your dentist, the more damage may come to your teeth.
Your Teeth Become Ultra-Sensitive
You take a sip of hot coffee and flinch. You eat a spoonful of ice cream and groan. Your teeth are developing extreme sensitivity to temperature changes and you can’t figure out what to do. This calls for a dental visit. A tooth fracture, a loose filling or a cavity could be the cause.
Your Bad Breath Won’t Go Away
You brush, you floss, you even clean your tongue. No matter what you do, your bad breath is still there and you’re tired of it. Visit the dentist so he or she can uncover the root problem, like perhaps an infection, and help you overcome halitosis.
Dry Mouth Makes it Hard to Swallow
A constantly dry mouth isn’t good for any aspects of your health; it’s hard to swallow food and the lack of saliva is bad for your teeth. With help from your dentist, you can determine if dry mouth is a side effect of a medication or if you have a deeper issue.
Your Jaw Joint is Acting Up
When your jaw clicks or pops as you open your mouth, you might feel pain or simply be annoyed. No matter your discomfort level, if your jaw joint isn’t working properly and your teeth aren’t aligned, make an appointment with your dentist today so he or she can determine if you have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and administer the proper treatment.
It makes it more appealing to visit the dentist when the dental staff knows your name and truly cares about your dental health. Oak Hills Dentistry focuses on treating patients with thoughtful, personalized care — make an appointment today.