5 Signs You Need to See a Dentist

Though it’s not uncommon to feel anxious about going to the dentist, that shouldn’t prevent you from a routine check-up. A simple dental exam could end up saving you time, money, and a lot of problems down the road — especially when it comes to your health — by catching a problem early on. Early intervention is a small price to pay for the peace of mind you’ll get in knowing your oral health and hygiene are

Teeth Sensitivity

While some sensitivity in your teeth is normal, especially when drinking hot or cold liquids, anything unusual warrants a trip to the dentist. Sensitivity is one of the first signs of a problem such as a cavity or need to have a filling replaced. You know what a normal feeling for your teeth is, so if you’re experiencing something outside of that feeling when it comes to teeth sensitivity, it’s best to have it checked out by your family dentist.

Your Gums are Bleeding

If you’re not the most regimented of flossers, then a little bit of bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth is normal. However, if your gums consistently bleed it might be a sign of a more serious problem, such as gingivitis, a gum disease that carries its own set of dangers. While it’s treatable, you need to act promptly in order to allow your teeth and gums to get back to a healthy state.

You’re Experiencing Pain

Pain is one of your body’s most effective tools for letting you know about a problem, so of course, it is among signs to see a dentist. No matter if it stems from your jaw, gums or teeth, if you’re feeling pain in your mouth, it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist. A toothache, for example, could be a sign of a decaying tooth or that a tooth is growing incorrectly (something more common with wisdom teeth). With a simple dental exam, you can be on the road to recovery.

You’re Unhappy With Your Smile

If you look in the mirror and are unhappy with the smile you see staring back at you, that self-conscious feeling is enough to warrant some course-corrective action. Discoloration and missing or crooked teeth are all good reasons to see a dentist. You’d be surprised with how simple and pain-free some of the solutions are — but the first step is getting more information by scheduling a dental exam.

It’s Been a While

If you’re having a hard time remembering when the last time you went to a dentist was, chances are that you’re overdue for an appointment. The American Dental Association recommends seeing a dentist twice a year to stay on top of any hygiene or health concerns. However, if it’s been more than a year since you’ve had a dental exam, it’s time to go in for a checkup to make sure everything is spick and span.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or problems please give Island Family Dental a call at (360) 718-8861.

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