Signs you need to see a Dentist
You Have Some Pain :
Pain / Swelling in your mouth or around your
facial area can mean a lot of things, but be sure to get in touch with your
dentist if you experience pain.
Your Gums Are Acting Up :
If your gums are puffy or tend to bleed when
you brush or floss, or you have a family history of gum disease, it’s time to
make an appointment.
You Try to Hide your SMILE :
Don’t be shy about talking to your dentist
whether you’re self-conscious about a missing tooth or hoping for a
You’ve Previously Had Work Done :
If you have fillings, crowns, dental
implants or dentures, see your dentist regularly to make sure everything is
in great shape.
Ongoing Medical Issues :
Make your dentist part of your team if you
have any medical condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating
disorders or are HIV positive.
You are Pregnant :
It’s always safe to go to the dentist while pregnant.
In fact, pregnancy can make some dental problems worse, so don’t miss
your regular checkup.
Having Trouble Eating :
Difficulty chewing or swallowing is not
something you need to get used to. Try eating soft or liquefied foods until
you can see your dentist.
Dry Mouth :
Always feeling parched could be the sign of a medical issue
or a medication side effect.
You have been using Tobacco :
From bad breath to oral cancer,
cigarettes and chewing tobacco are harmful to your overall and dental
Jaw Pain :
If your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and
closing, chewing or when you first wake up. See a dentist also if you have
an uneven bite.
Mouth Has Spots and Sores :
If there’s something that doesn’t look or
feel right in your mouth, your dentist should examine any mouth sore that
lasts a week or longer. Types of mouth sores include canker sores, cold
sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis. They vary in their severity and causes.
Mouth sores could be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from
bacteria, viruses or fungus or result from irritation caused by braces,
dentures or the sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling.
It’s Time For Your Checkup :
Even if you don’t have any symptoms
listed above, regular checkups are important because they can help
prevent problems from developing and treat existing symptoms before
they become more advanced.