When it comes to our oral health, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if what we are experiencing is a natural occurrence, a serious issue, or simply in our heads.
Though reassuring, it can feel like a waste of time and money to schedule a visit to the dentist only to be told that there’s nothing wrong with our teeth. At the same time, if they are ignored, certain symptoms could worsen and cause irreversible damage. So, how do you know whether or not to schedule an appointment? Here are a few signs that shouldn’t be ignored:
– Swollen gums
– Difficulty chewing or swallowing
– A sore spot in your mouth that won’t go away
– Tooth pain
– A family history of tooth decay or gum disease
– Medical conditions, such as diabetes
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should call your dentist today. If not, you aren’t completely in the clear. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, you may have a disorder that only a dentist can diagnose. That’s why it’s important to visit your dentist for routine checkups.
How often you should schedule routine checkups should be discussed with your dentist. Everyone is different, and different people require different treatments. Some people need to see their dentist twice a year. For others, it’s recommended that they visit every few months. Your dentist will be able to tell you which treatment plan is right for you. Also, while at a routine checkup, be sure to keep him or her updated on any changes in your overall health. This includes pains, new medications, changes in diet and exercise, medical conditions, etc. With this knowledge, he or she will be better equipped to diagnose and treat potential disorders.