It is recommended that you go and see your dentist at least twice a year, even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly. The visits are important, as the examinations and professional cleanings you receive can help maintain healthy teeth and gums. However, you may find it necessary to see your dentist more frequently if you are suffering from certain dental complications. These signs can be an indication of a serious problem with your oral health that requires professional attention.
If your gums are swollen or inflamed, you should have your dentist examine them as soon as possible, as they can be an indication of gingivitis or periodontitis. Plaque that has hardened and accumulated under your gum line can result in painful and puffy gums. If left untreated for long enough, it can result in the teeth becoming loose, and eventually being lost altogether.
Pain in Your Mouth
Pain in any part of your mouth that you cannot explain and that does not go away is another reason to schedule a dental visit right away. Try not to postpone scheduling an appointment, as this can lead to an increase in pain, or even worse, a dental emergency. If the pain eventually stops, you should still see your dentist to determine if the cause of the pain is still there. Teeth with very large cavities or infections often behave in this way.
You’ve Had Dental Work Done
After you have received dental work like implants, crowns, dentures or fillings, don’t brush off the importance of regular visits to the dentists. In fact, your dentist may recommend more frequent appointments to ensure that the dental work you have received is working properly, for adjustments, and to detect issues that may present a serious problem later on. Teeth that have been restored with fillings or crowns can still get cavities, and require proper care (just like your natural teeth).
Difficulty with Eating
If you suddenly find yourself unable to enjoy your favourite foods and drinks because of the painful effects they have on your teeth, you may have a dental issue that has to be addressed. Sensitivity to foods or drinks that are cold, hot or sweet can be an indication of cavities, the accumulation of plaque or issues with your fillings, all of which should be examined by your dentist.
Even though it may seem merely uncomfortable, dry mouth can be an indication of a serious problem. Proper saliva production is necessary for good oral health; it helps to neutralize the acids in your mouth, rinses away food particles, aids in digestion and impacts how you are able to taste your foods and drinks. If your mouth is producing an insufficient amount of saliva or none at all, you are more likely to develop infections and tooth decay. Your dentist will be able to detect the underlying reasons for your dry mouth and provide you with the right treatment.
At Brewery District Dental, our team of dental professionals is always here to address any questions or concerns that you have regarding your dental health. Call us today to schedule an appointment.