Top 10 Signs It’s Time to Visit the Dentist

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  • Nearly 1/3 of Americans don’t visit the dentist as frequently as they should.
  • Many dental and oral health issues can easily be prevented with regular brushing and flossing as well as frequent dental checkups.
  • Identifying signs of dental issues at home can prevent painful problems from developing.
  • Toothaches, jaw pain and mouth sores can all indicate issues. Dry mouth and bad breath are also signs it’s time to go to the dentist.
  • Missing or cracked teeth can lead to bigger problems and should be addressed immediately.
  • If you’re looking for a dentist and staff you can be comfortable with, look no further than Lance Savoie Family Dental.

Most people know that regular dental checkups are just as important to maintaining their dental health as brushing their teeth and flossing. But that doesn’t always mean they put that knowledge into practice. In fact, nearly 1/3 of Americans don’t visit the dentist as frequently as they should, which is why at Lance Savoie Family Dental we work so hard to help our patients feel comfortable and at ease. If you have been avoiding the dentist, though, here are 10 reasons it may be time to schedule that appointment.

1. You have a toothache.

Whether the pain is minor or excruciating, a toothache is a good sign that something is awry in your mouth. And the only way to get to the bottom of it is to see your dentist. Most tooth pain is related to inflammation that may be the result of a cavity, infection, or other issue that will likely only worsen if left untreated. So don’t wait until the pain gets worse. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

2. You have a dry mouth.

If your mouth constantly feels dry despite drinking copious amounts of water, you likely have a condition known as dry mouth. This issue has a variety of causes, but it’s particularly concerning because if your mouth is not producing enough saliva, you are more susceptible to tooth decay as well as infection. A lack of saliva can also contribute to digestive issues and changes in taste. We can help you identify the cause of your dry mouth as well as recommend suitable solutions to the issue to help you avoid further complications.

3. You have red and irritated gums.

Red or sore gums or tinges of blood after brushing may also be an indicator that you need to schedule your next dental checkup. While occasional bleeding of your gums may simply be a sign you’re brushing too hard, frequent or constant bleeding may be a sign you have an issue with your gum tissue. Advanced gum disease is typically also associated with swelling and loose teeth, but bleeding and redness can be an important early indicator. In either case, we can help you determine the cause and find solutions.

4. You have bad breath.

While you can expect less than pleasant breath after your morning cup of coffee or a heavily seasoned Italian meal, bad breath that persists despite your best efforts to remedy may be a sign that something other than what you’re eating and drinking is to blame. Halitosis is often a sign of gum disease, a progressive cavity, or another medical condition, so it’s an important issue not to ignore. We’ll not only help you identify the cause, but we’ll also make sure you leave our office with fresher breath.

5. You have jaw pain.

If you’re experiencing jaw pain that is periodic or frequent, it could be a sign of a dental problem that needs attention. Teeth grinding and cavities are the most common causes of jaw pain – neither of which should be ignored. If you’re grinding your teeth, you could end up with a cracked or broken tooth in addition to your jaw pain. And if you’re dealing with cavity that is triggering jaw pain, it’s likely from bacteria that has spread to the root of the tooth and may lead to an abscess if left untreated. So don’t just grit your teeth and bear it. Schedule an appointment to get to the “root” of the problem.

6. You have a tooth that is loose or missing.

You’re not likely to ignore a tooth that has been knocked out, but even one that feels loose can be an indication of a serious issue. Gum disease and other dental concerns can contribute to loose or missing teeth, so it’s important to see us to identify the cause.

7. You have a cracked or chipped tooth.

Even if it’s not causing you pain, a cracked or chipped tooth can cause issues down the road. Teeth that are cracked, chipped, or broken are more susceptible to cavities and can leave the root exposed to infection. Not only that, but the sooner you seek treatment after a crack or chip has occurred, the greater the chance is for a successful repair.

8. You have ongoing medical concerns.

Your eyes may be the windows to your soul, but the mouth is the aperture to your health. Your oral health is an important indicator of your overall health and may be influenced by such conditions as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, and HIV. If you are currently undergoing medical treatment or suspect that you may have a significant health concern, we want to be a part of your care team to support your overall health.

9. You have difficulty eating.

Toothaches or sore gums can definitely make eating difficult, but so can issues with your jaw, throat, and other parts of your mouth. And each of these elements are important components of your oral system. If you’re having trouble chewing, swallowing, or otherwise eating, it could be an indication that something is amiss in your mouth. Try eating soft or liquefied foods, and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

10. You have a spot or sore in your mouth.

It’s not uncommon to get a sore spot in your mouth from food that’s too hot or a cold that’s brewing, but if you have a sore that lasts longer than a week, it’s time to see the dentist. Mouth sores can range from the common canker or cold sores to leukoplakia and candidiasis, so it’s important to have them checked out, particularly if they just don’t seem to go away.

Many dental and oral health issues can easily be prevented with regular brushing and flossing as well as frequent dental checkups. Instead of waiting until you experience one of the above signs it’s time to see a dentist, keep regular appointments with us at Savoie Dental, and we’ll help you ward off more progressive issues. And when those urgent requests do arise, you’ll be much more comfortable to reach out to us for treatment and support.