Mouth Health Is Important Too

As most of us know, we should see our dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and check ups. Unfortunately for some, for various reasons, that doesn’t always happen. But sometimes there are signs that we should not put it off and see them sooner, rather than later. Following are some indications that should prompt us to seek attention before waiting so long that major problems arise.

What are some signs I should see a dentist?

  • 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

Taking Charge of Your Oral Health

Dr. Reisman and Dr. Contrucci of C R Dental Group, located in Dallas, Texas, highly recommend seeing a dentist at least twice a year to stay on top of any potential oral issues that can have adverse effects on overall health. Should you have any of the above symptoms/conditions try to make a visit to your dentist a priority. The best way to handle oral maladies is to prevent them in the first place.