While some people are diligent about keeping regular dental appointments, others are not. There are lots of reasons why you might need to see a dentist, but here are seven signs it’s definitely time for an appointment.
1.) Difficulty Chewing or Swallowing
If you experience difficulty chewing, several causes may be to blame. A struggle to chew normally can usually be traced to some change in the tissue, bone, or muscle structures of your face or jaw.
Whether the source is medical or behavioral, this problem is often accompanied by other symptoms that can provide insight into the cause. No matter what the cause, any challenges with chewing or swallowing require the prompt attention of a dentist.
Dental pain is not normal, so if you have any, it’s a sure sign that something is wrong.
Tooth decay or a cavity can give you a toothache. Additionally, throbbing tooth pain can happen if there’s an infection in your tooth or in the gums surrounding it.
Toothaches are typically caused by an infection or inflammation in your tooth, but the only way to diagnose it is to let us take a look.
If your teeth or gums are irritated, infected, or causing you pain– don’t wait any longer.
3.) Bleeding Gums
If your gums are puffy, they bleed when you brush or floss, or you have a family history of gum disease– it’s time to make an appointment.
Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, or inflammation of your gums. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that’s caused by a buildup of plaque at your gum line. If you have gingivitis, your gums may be irritated, red, and swollen. They also may bleed when you brush your teeth.
The good news is, as long as we catch it early– it’s highly treatable.
4.) Hiding Your Smile
Some people are self-conscious about the way their smile looks, but there’s a lot that can be done to change it.
A smile that you love and can be proud of will increase your self-esteem and help you achieve more in both your personal and professional life. If you’d like to see some of Dr. Burba’s smile makeovers, click here. He would love to help you create the smile of your dreams.
5.) You’re Pregnant
Believe it or not, more dental problems tend to pop up when you’re pregnant. Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women, including gum disease and an increased risk of tooth decay.
During pregnancy, increased hormones can affect your body’s response to plaque. That being said, pregnancy does not automatically damage your teeth.
If you are pregnant, just be extra diligent about your dental health.
6.) Bad Breath/Dry Mouth
If you’re suffering from dry mouth, there’s a number of things we can do to improve it and help your overall dental health. First, we’ll evaluate you and diagnose the problem. From there, we can prescribe any necessary medications and treat the root cause.
Through regular dental checkups, we can watch for additional problems that may be caused by dry mouth– including bad breath.
7.) You’re Overdue
How often you should go to the dentist depends on your own teeth and gums, and how well you maintain your oral hygiene on your own.
The American Dental Association says there’s no one-size-fits-all regimen for anyone. However, our overall recommendation is to go at least twice a year. The sooner we catch any problems, the easier it is to treat them. That also means less pain in your mouth AND your wallet.
Seeing us once every six months will ensure your optimal dental health so that your teeth can last you a lifetime.
Make an Appointment
If you’re suffering from one or more of these symptoms, or you’re just due for an appointment, click here to request one. We look forward to treating you.
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, with a practice in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.