Posted on January 11, 2022
If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist – or maybe you go every 6 months for a check-up – you still may need to make an emergency appointment for pain or other dental issues. Here are some signs that you need to make an appointment soon.
You’re experiencing tooth pain
Any time you are experiencing pain or swelling in your mouth or face, it can be a sign of a serious issue – such as an abscess. If you’ve woken up with sudden, unexplained pain, then you should make an appointment with your dentist.
Issues with your gums
If you’ve noticed lately that your gums are puffy or they bleed a lot when you brush or floss, then this could be a sign your need to make an appointment to see your dentist.
When you’ve had dental work done
If you have implants or bridges (or have had any other major dental work done), you will need to see your dentist on a regular basis to make sure there aren’t any issues with your dental work.
Ongoing medical issues
For patients who have diabetes, eating disorders or even cardiovascular disease, it’s really important to see your dentist regularly. Oral health is essential to ensuring your overall health and condition are well maintained.
You’re expecting - pregnancy and dental checkups
Going to the dentist while you’re pregnant is safe. In some cases, pregnancy can exacerbate some dental conditions, so it’s important to make sure you maintain your regular dental checkups during this time.
Troubles with chewing or swallowing
If you don’t usually have issues with chewing or swallowing, but suddenly you are having issues with it, this is cause for seeing your dentist. This isn’t normal, and it could indicate a health problem. Make an appointment with your dentist if you’re having a hard time chewing or swallowing.
Experiencing dry mouth
Having an overly dry mouth for an extended period of time could signify a bigger overall medical condition. There are certain medications and remedies that your dentist can prescribe to alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth and get you back to feeling like your regular self.
Tobacco use & Dental Health
Smoking or using tobacco products can be especially harmful to your dental health and overall health. If you smoke regularly, make sure you also visit your dentist regularly so that your dentist can identify any issues early.
Jaw pain & dental help
If your jaw pops or you experience pain when you’re opening or closing your mouth, then see a dentist to have them take a look at the issue. This could also include when you chew something or have to apply pressure between your upper and lower jaw.
It’s been a while since your last dentist visit
If you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, it’s probably time for a check-up. It’s recommended that you see your dentist every 6-9 months, so if you haven’t gotten a check-up in longer than that, it’s time to see your dentist.
Contact Creekview Dental today
Is it time for you to see a dentist? If so, contact Creekview Dental today to schedule an appointment at our St. Catharines office.
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