When Should You Visit the Dentist?
There are many indicators that alert you to it’s time to see a dentist. Sometimes, you need to see the dentist when everything looks and feels normal.
Besides going into the dental office every six months for a routine cleaning and exam, here are some other occasions that call for a visit to your dentist:
- You’ve Just Lost a Tooth
If you have recently lost a tooth due to trauma to the mouth, it is important to go to the dentist ASAP. If the accident happened after the dentist’s office hours, go to the closest hospital ER room. A tooth can possibly be saved if the dentist is able to reinsert it quickly.
- Your Gums Are Bleeding
Bleeding gums can be something as simple altering one’s at-home teeth brushing and/or flossing technique or as serious as an advanced case of gum disease.
Gums can even begin to bleed if you don’t have a regular flossing routine you follow at home and your gums aren’t use to the flossing.
Through an oral examination, your dentist will determine the cause of your bleeding gums and whether or not it is something to be concerned about.
- You Have a Toothache
Often a toothache is a symptom of nerve damage, swelling or infection. Your teeth themselves don’t have nerves, but the inner core, or pulp, does. The nerve endings in your tooth’s pulp are located in the tooth’s roots which attach the tooth to the jaw bone. Toothaches and tooth sensitivity are common signs of deep tooth decay and infection of either the tooth pulp or roots.
If left untreated, the decay can cause tooth loss and a deterioration of the jaw bone, not to mention continued pain and discomfort.
- Your Gums Are Inflamed and Swollen
If your gums are severely inflamed and swollen, it can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink, chew or speak. Not only does this lower your quality of life and well-being, it is also a good indicator that you have an advanced case of gum disease. A weakening or destruction of the jaw bone as well as potential tooth loss will likely result if the condition isn’t looked at by a dentist.
- You Have a Severe and/or Serious Health Condition
Those with heart disease, and diabetics, as well as the elderly and women who are pregnant may be urged to visit their dentist more frequently than the common once every six months schedule as healthy adults. Those with compromised immune systems should also see their dentist more frequently as their body is less able to properly halt or slow down the formation of plaque and tartar that can lead to infection, decay or disease.
- You’re a Smoker
Oral and throat cancers aren’t anything to mess with or take lightly. Both cancers can be lethal if not treated quickly. Those who use tobacco products are especially at risk of contracting oral or throat cancer. If you’re a smoker, your dentist will likely ask you to come in more frequently so they can do a better job at monitoring and checking for any progression or symptoms.
Even if your teeth and gums look and feel normal, there are times when you should visit the dentist such as the presence of a health condition. Other signs that indicate that it is time to see a dentist include pain, discomfort and bleeding.
It is important to listen to your body and to heed the advice of your dentist. To schedule a routine teeth cleaning and examination appointment or to schedule an appointment because you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned dental ailments, don’t hesitate to contact us today at Heber Valley Dental.