Signs you should visit your dentist

Regular visits to your dentist are very important to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Visiting your dentist can also help to prevent the development of potential dental complications. While making the recommended twice annual trip, the American Dental Association  has created a list of signs and symptoms that indicate an additional trip may be required:

  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing any of these indications make sure to contact your dentist immediately in order to prevent any damage that could be caused by any of these symptoms.