Work, school, soccer games, whatever it is, these life events can cause preventive health care to fall by the wayside. Then a painful symptom reminds you it’s been a while since your last checkup. It’s tempting to put off seemingly minor dental issues until your schedule lightens up. But the warning signs below shouldn’t be taken lightly. This is especially true if you’re managing a chronic condition, like diabetes. Oral health should not be neglected.
Here are seven signs that you need to see a dentist.
You Have Pain
Pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck can mean a number of things.
Your Gums Are Acting Up
If your gums are puffy, they bleed when you brush or floss, or you have a family history of gum disease, it’s time to make an appointment.
You Try to Hide Your Smile
Whether you’re self-conscious about a missing tooth or hoping for a brighter smile, don’t be shy about talking to your dentist.
You’ve Had Work Done
If you have fillings, crowns, dental implants or dentures, see your dentist regularly to make sure everything is in great shape.
You Have Ongoing Medical Issues
Make your dentist part of your team if you have a medical condition (such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive), or you are undergoing medical treatment (such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy).
It’s safe to go to the dentist while pregnant. In fact, pregnancy can make some dental problems worse, so don’t miss your regular checkup.
You’re Having Trouble Eating
Difficulty chewing or swallowing is not the norm. Try eating soft or liquified foods until you can see your dentist.
If you experience any of these, contact Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine for a complete checkup.