How to Know if You Need to go to the Dentist?
More often than not, the dentist office is often an unpopular place to visit. It is common for patients to put off much needed dental work or to dread visiting their dentist. Many patients are reluctant to go to their routine, six-month dental cleaning and exam appointment. The fear of the dental office has deterred many patients from seeking an dental examination unless something doesn’t look, feel or function properly.
Regular dental examinations and thorough teeth cleaning are essential parts in adequate dental hygiene. Without proper oral hygiene, the risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues increase. An unhealthy mouth can negatively affect a patient’s quality of life and self-esteem.
Patients don’t need to experience any pain or discomfort or see anything out of the ordinary to have a potentially severe dental issue. One can have a moderate case of gum disease (periodontal disease), without the hallmark swollen, red, sensitive and bleeding gums.
How do you know when you should see the dentist?
Here are some obvious and not so obvious signs you should visit the dentist:
- You have certain, chronic health conditions. Patients with cancer, heart disease, AIDs/HIV and diabetes are at a higher risk of getting tooth decay and gum disease. These chronic, serious health conditions limit the mouth’s ability to fight disease and infection and absorb sugar and produce saliva.
- You’re at a higher risk of gum disease and tooth decay. If you’re a smoker, a heavy drinker, are pregnant or routinely consume an unhealthy diet, you could be at a higher risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Your dentist may ask you to come in more frequently because of your high-risk lifestyle.
- You have tooth and/or facial pain and aches. Persistent, severe toothaches can be a sign of deep tooth decay and facial aches or pain can be a sign of trauma that should be looked at.
- You’ve had previous dental work done. Though dental technology has come a long way, no dental work lasts forever. Over time, dental work breaks down, chips and gets loose. Ill-fitting, old dental work becomes ineffective at preventing further tooth decay. Depending on what type of dental work you get, you’ll need to visit your dentist every couple years.
- Your gums are persistently bleeding. Gums that bleed the first few times of flossing is normal, but if the gums are easily injured and bleed, it can be a sign of gum disease and you should schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
- You’ve broken, chipped or lost a tooth. Adult permanent teeth don’t grow back if they are lost. The biggest responsibility of every dentist is to preserve the natural smile of each patient. This means doing all they can to help the patient keep as much of their natural teeth as possible. A tooth that is chipped, lost or broken can be saved if it is immediately treated by a dental professional.
At Heber Valley Dental, we want each patient to have and maintain the best smile possible. We encourage patients to schedule regular dental checkups and to come in when they have a dental emergency for have any pain or discomfort of their teeth or gums.
Whether you feel discomfort in your mouth, have bleeding gums, experience dental trauma, have a health condition or had cavities or dental work done in the past, an appointment with us is likely necessary. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.