Although you should be seeing your dentist at least twice per year for a regular cleaning and check up, you should also schedule appointments throughout the year for many reasons. Here are four reasons you should schedule an appointment outside of your regular cleaning appointments:
- You Have a Toothache: You should not avoid going to the dentist when you have a toothache or wait until your regular cleaning to talk about it with your dentist. A toothache can be an indication of a serious issue that you definitely don't want to see become worse. A toothache could be a sign of the beginning of an infection. If not treated right away, the tooth can become dead and will need to be pulled since it won't be able to be saved at this point. A toothache can also indicate a small crack in the tooth that you may not be able to see, but definitely needs to be treated right away, otherwise the tooth can crack even more and fall out, which is much more painful than having it treated in the beginning.
- You Have Bad Breath: Bad breath is something that happens to everyone on occasion because of something that they ate or drank. However, bad breath should go away after brushing or rinsing your mouth out. If not, then this is a sign of gum disease. Be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist so they can treat any signs of gum disease that you may have.
- Your Gums are Bleeding: Sometimes your gums may bleed when you brush or floss, especially if you are brushing or flossing too hard or you haven't brushed or flossed in a while. At this point, you shouldn't be alarmed. However, if your gums are bleeding regularly or every time you brush, then you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist. This is another sign of potential gum disease.
- You Have a Mouth Sores: Mouth sores are something that can come and go, but if the mouth sore is not going away or is becoming worse over time, you need to see your dentist. This is because it can be a sign of oral cancer. The longer you wait, the worse the cancer can become. You definitely want to ensure that it is treated as soon as possible.
When you know these four reasons to schedule an appointment with your dentist, you can be sure that you are on top of your oral care and not just visiting for your regular teeth cleanings, but also whenever you notice signs of a problem. A dental care service, such as Peninsula Community Health Services- Medical (Cottonwood), can give more information.