One of the most important tenets of keeping your smile healthy and beautiful for life is to make visiting your dentist a routine part of your schedule. Without regular checkups and cleanings, your smile would quickly fall victim to chronic issues like tooth decay, gum disease, chronic bad breath, and more. However, in addition to routine preventive visits, there may be times when preserving your smile means visiting your dentist as soon as possible. Today, we take a look at just a few examples of when it’s a good idea to schedule a dental visit, even when it isn’t time for your next routine appointment.
1. You develop a sensitive or aching tooth
Sensitive, achy teeth are a common sign of dental distress, and most people will experience one at some point in their lives. In many cases, it may be a minor issue at first, but ignoring it or postponing a visit to your dentist could allow it to grow worse. There’s almost always a worrisome cause by tooth discomfort, such as weakened tooth enamel or a developing cavity. The longer such issues are allowed to remain, the worse they get, and the more extensive treatment you might need to alleviate your tooth discomfort and restore your good oral health.
2. Your teeth seem to be changing color
Even if your teeth don’t hurt, they can still give you hints that they aren’t entirely well. For example, if they’re being overwhelmed by tartar (calcified plaque) or have become decayed, you may notice a change in their appearance, such as discoloration. Often, your teeth can change color and begin to dull after years of exposure to your foods and beverages. In cases of cosmetic staining, you may be able to address the problem and brighten your smile with cosmetic teeth-whitening. However, if your tooth discoloration is the result of a more serious issue, then visiting your dentist as soon as possible can prevent the problem from growing more severe.
3. Your gums bleed when you brush and floss
If you brush and/or floss your teeth harshly, it’s possible for the force and friction to cause your gums to bleed slightly. Yet, if you notice it more than once, even after consciously brushing and flossing more carefully, then it may be a sign that you’re developing gingivitis – the first stage of gum disease. This occurs when oral bacteria settle underneath your gums and onto your teeth roots, causing an infection in the soft tissues that leads to rampant inflammation, bleeding, and more. Visiting your dentist as soon as possible will be the best way to stop the disease from destroying a significant amount of your gums, potentially leading to tooth loss.
Schedule an appointment with us today
If you exhibit one or more of these warning signs, then you should visit your dentist even if it isn’t time for your next checkup and cleaning appointment. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.