Although it can sometimes feel like a chore, routine dental appointments are invaluable for the health of your smile. Despite having a hectic work schedule or a busy social life, visiting your dentist regularly should still be a priority!
Unfortunately, many patients can neglect these appointments for months or even years, and only go to their dentist after developing serious oral health ailments. According to a 2014 Gallup poll, approximately one-third of adults in the US did not visit the dentist within the past year.
If you can’t recall the last time you visited your dentist, chances are that you’re overdue for a dental appointment. If you experience any of these signs, you definitely need to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
When Should I See My Dentist?
We understand why many patients struggle — dental checkups can feel inconvenient, and since you don’t see or feel anything obvious, it doesn’t feel like a pressing issue. However, we believe that taking preventative measures is the best way to protect your smile.
Still unsure if it’s time to go to the dentist? Here are some of the top 8 signs that it’s time to seek help from a dental professional:
A toothache: Feeling tooth pain is one of the most obvious signs that you need to go to the dentist. Even if the pain subsides or you think the pain is minor, you should still make a dental appointment to have the tooth checked out to ensure it doesn’t hide a serious problem.
Red Swollen Gums: If you notice that your gums appear red and swollen, you probably have gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. At this stage, there’s no permanent damage to the supporting tissue or bone, and you can still reverse the symptoms. However, acting in a timely manner is extremely important!
Chronic Bad Breath: If you have “morning breath” or bad breath after eating something with garlic, you don’t have to worry! But chronic bad breath is definitely a cause for concern. In many instances, bad breath is a sign of much more serious dental issues.
Sensitivity: Have you recently felt a twinge of pain while drinking a hot cup of coffee or eating ice cream? Tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, and sugary foods is could be a sign of several issues, including eroded enamel, receding gums, or a cavity.
Dry Mouth: Dry mouth could be a result of prescription drugs or simply getting older. However, if you notice sudden dry mouth symptoms with no explanation, you may want to speak to your dentist to see if you have an oral disease.
Unusual Spots or Sores: Canker sores are painful but they often go away within a few days. If you notice any unusual spots or sores in your mouth and they don’t go away, it’s time to consult your dentist. This could be due to an infection from bacteria or irritation from braces or dentures.
Metallic Taste: The appearance of swollen gums isn’t the only warning sign of gum disease. If you notice a metallic taste in the mouth, it could be due to a dental infection.
Low Self-Confidence: Are you hesitant to show off your smile? There’s a range of dental treatments available to give you a healthy, beautiful smile. Whether you want to explore orthodontics or teeth whitening, there’s no shortage of options available to have you feeling confident in your smile.
Contact Precisions Dentistry & Implants
Don’t put off seeing the dentist any longer! With top-of-the-line technology and a compassionate approach to treatment, you’ll enjoy the best patient care here at Precision Dentistry & Implants.
Invest in your smile and contact our office to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Matthew Huff.