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When is the Time to Visit a Dentist?

Many times, people put off going to the dentist until there is an emergency and they have no choice. Their dental problems are really bad. But, as is the case with most health-related visits, it's best for your well-being (and your wallet's) to be proactive. Below are times when you should make an appointment and see a dentist.

Tooth pain

If your tooth hurts just a little all the time or only when cold liquids and foods are consumed, a visit should not be put off. It may be the sign that a cavity is developing. Or it could be a tooth is fractured or has become loosened or chipped. If the tooth or parts of it have come out of your mouth, wrap it in a moist and cool cloth and take it with you to the dentist as soon as possible.

Swelling or redness around one or several teeth

There may be an infection or an abscess in your tooth or gum disease. If your gums have large areas of redness and swelling or the skin is peeling inside your mouth, you may be suffering from:

  • Gingivitis: A gum disease
  • Trench Mouth: When gingivitis has gotten worse over time and is severe. More symptoms are pain, bleeding and ulcerations.
  • Periodontitis: An infection that can destroy the bone that supports the teeth. It can also damage the soft tissue resulting in loose teeth. An increase of strokes and heart attacks has been associated with this serious infection.

All of these can be treated by your dentist, possibly with antibiotics or over the counter pain meds as appropriate.

Pain near your ear, when you eat you hear crackling or headaches

Many times these symptoms represent Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. Within your mouth there are two hinges, one located in front of each ear. They connect the jawbone to the temporal bones within the skull. This allows your jaw to move side to side and up and down so that chewing and talking is possible. The causes of this syndrome can be:

  • Muscles or the parts of the jaw do not work properly
  • Blunt force trauma to the face or head
  • Whiplash
  • Pressure on your jaw from grinding or clinching of the teeth
  • Arthritis
  • Stress

A dentist will be able to diagnose and treat this or refer you to a specialist as appropriate.

Tooth is knocked out of socket

See the dentist immediately. Wrap the tooth in a cool moist towel and take it with you in case he or she can save it.

Visit your dentist every six months

With regular check-ups at the dental office, your teeth will receive care that will keep them healthy. Issues can be found early and before they become emergencies such as cavities, gum disease or any other oral problems. Regular dentists visits along with daily flossing and brushing will ensure your teeth and gums will be healthy and bright.

If you fall into any of the categories above, we'd love to schedule your appointment today!

Feel free to drop any questions in the comments section below.

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