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When to Visit the Dentist

Visiting the dentist is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. However, many people may avoid the dentist out of fear. Dental anxiety is a common issue among patients. In fact, patients who suffer from dental anxiety are more likely to have severe dental issues. This is because they tend to avoid the dentist if it is possible. Yet, regular checkups can help catch dental problems early on and prevent more severe issues from developing. 

While some patients may know when to go to the dentist out of emergency, you should know the various situations where you need a dental appointment.

When to Visit the Dentist

Routine Dental Visits

According to most dentists, you should have a routine checkup every six months. During this visit, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and mouth for any signs of decay or disease. They will also clean your teeth, removing any plaque or tartar buildup. 

Tooth Pain

If you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, it may be a sign of tooth decay or infection. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to more severe dental issues. Therefore, you should visit the dentist as soon as possible. 

Gum Disease

A common dental problem is gum disease. This is an infection of the gums that can cause swelling, redness, and bleeding gums. You may notice early signs of gum disease if you see bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. Without treatment, the symptoms can advance to tooth loss and other health complications. Visiting the dentist for regular checkups can help catch gum disease early on and prevent further damage.

Broken or Chipped Teeth

If you break or chip a tooth, visiting the dentist as soon as possible is important. Your dentist can assess the damage and determine the best course of treatment. This may include bonding, veneers, or crowns.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can have a significant impact on your overall oral health and appearance. Without a replacement option, you can experience further tooth loss or even bone loss. Therefore, you should consult your dentist for the best treatment option, such as dental implants or dentures.

Jaw Pain

If you experience jaw pain or clicking when you open and close your mouth, it may be a sign of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. TMJ can actually cause serious problems for your dental and overall health if you don’t seek treatment. However, your dentist can help assess your condition and provide treatment. 

Teeth Grinding

You may not be aware that you are grinding your teeth. In fact, you may notice frequent headaches, toothaches, or sensitivity to temperatures. These are actually signs that you grind your teeth in your sleep. To protect your teeth, your dentist can create a custom mouthguard to minimize the damage. 

Bad Breath

Having bad breath after eating onions or garlic is not really a cause for concern. However, chronic bad breath can indicate an underlying dental issue, such as gum disease or tooth decay. When you go to the dentist, they can help reduce your bad breath and ensure your dental health.