Visiting the dentist typically isn’t something people look forward to, but it is necessary for good oral hygiene. It is recommended to visit the dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup, and additionally if you are having any problematic symptoms. Not sure if what you are experiencing calls for a trip to the dentist? Here are the top signs it’s time to make a dentist appointment:
- Toothache – One of the most common prompts people get to go visit the dentist is a toothache. If you are having any pain or sensitivity, you could be suffering for a number of reasons, such as a damaged filling, broken tooth, cavity, or abscess.
- Movement of Teeth – Teeth for the most part should stay in place. If you begin to notice a change in your teeth such as a gap forming or overlapping in your teeth, it’s time to see the dentist. Unusual movement in teeth could be caused by infection or bone loss.
- Gum Trouble – Another common sign to visit the dentist is trouble in the gum areas. If you start to notice your gums are bleeding when brushing, you are suffering from swollen gums, or your gums are receding, these are all signs that your gums are in poor health and you may have gum disease.
- Sores – Although it’s not uncommon to get a canker sore here and there, sores that last longer than a week or two should be seen by a dentist.
We hope these signs have helped you determine if you should pay a visit to your dentist. To learn more about the services we provide, please contact us today at the office of Paul D. Nifong, Jr., DDS.