How Do I Know When to Go to the Dentist?

Scheduling regular dental appointments and dental cleanings is an essential part of maintaining your oral health. Although it’s great to brush and floss regularly, this is not a substitute for going to the dentist.

Most dentists recommend that you come in for a dental visit every six months to prevent oral health problems and cavities. However, if you have an ongoing oral health problem, your dentist may recommend that you schedule more frequent dental appointments.

If it has been several months or years since your last dental appointment, chances are you’re due for a visit. Otherwise, here are several reasons you may need to go to the dentist, according to the American Dental Association.

You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face, or jaw.

Pain or swelling is often a red flag that there may be a serious problem. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately if you experience these symptoms, as dental extraction may be necessary to prevent the spread of infection.

You are showing signs of gum disease.

If your gums are puffy, red, receding, or bleed frequently when you brush or floss, you may have a mild gum disease (gingivitis) or a more severe case (periodontitis) which damages the soft tissue and can destroy the bone that supports your teeth.

You have lost one or more teeth.

If you have lost one or more teeth, leaving those empty spaces in your mouth can cause deterioration of your jawbone. A dentist may recommend getting dental implants to prevent health problems down the road.

You are self-conscious about your yellow teeth.

There’s no reason to go on hiding that beautiful smile. Visit your dentist and ask about teeth whitening procedures and products that can help restore your confidence.

It has been years since your last dental cleaning.

Most dentists recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. If it’s been longer than that, you’re overdue for a visit.

You’ve had a dental crown, dental filling, or other work done.

If you’ve had any dental work done, it’s important to see your dentist regularly to prevent ongoing issues and ensure that your teeth and mouth remain healthy.

You’re pregnant.

Did you know that pregnancy can make some dental problems worse? In addition to seeing your OB fairly often, if you are expecting, your dentist will want to see you regularly too.

You have sores in your mouth.

The presence of any unsightly sores or spots in your mouth could be indications of a more serious problem, such as an infection, virus, fungi, or other serious medical condition or disease.

You use tobacco products.

If you smoke or chew tobacco, you are at risk of developing oral cancer and other medical and dental problems. You should see your dentist regularly.

If it’s time for your next dental checkup or you are experiencing one of the situations listed above, call Northside Dental Clinic today to speak with a compassionate member of our professional team. We’re here to help you achieve the best oral health possible.