If you have missed an appointment with your dentist due to the recent issues with social distancing, be sure to get back on track as soon as you can. During normal times, seeing your dentist on a regular basis is the best way to keep your oral health in check. In the meantime, here are 7 important reasons to see your dentist.
If you have a toothache, that is your body’s loud and clear message that something is wrong and needs attention as soon as possible. In clear language, don’t ignore a toothache. In most all cases the pain will not go away on its own, so get it checked out as soon as you can get an appointment.
Let’s be clear, gums should not bleed. They shouldn’t bleed when eating or brushing your teeth. This could be an early symptom of gingivitis or a more serious gum disease which will only become worse if ignored. If left untreated, it can devolve into serious issues involving the breakdown of your gum tissue and the bones holding teeth in place. If not caught early enough, not only might surgery be needed, but you could lose your teeth. Lastly it will be a costly affair, so don’t wait.
You Are Pregnant
It is essential to maintain your regular oral habits while being pregnant and that includes visiting the dentist. Not carefully cleaning and flossing teeth during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia. Visit your dentist to be sure you are doing your best to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
You Have Other Medical Conditions
If you have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or especially an eating disorder, dental check ups are vitally important.
With an eating disorder that includes throwing up frequently, your oral health can be affected from the stomach acid. It can lead to changes in the enamel of your teeth to the point of your teeth breaking off at the tips or changing color and shape.
With diabetes, keeping gum disease at bay can improve blood sugar control and help decrease the progression of the condition.
Gum disease increases the risk of bacterial infections in the bloodstream which can affect the heart valves.
The biggest takeaway: see your dentist regularly.
You Have Trouble Eating
If it hurts to bite down or you get a reaction to hot or cold food or drinks, see your dentist for an evaluation.
Those who chew tobacco or smoke are harming their overall and dental health. This is another good reason to see your dentist regularly, but especially if something changed in your mouth.
Spots or sores in the mouth can be a sign of cancer.
You Can’t Remember When You Had Your Last Dental Visit
If you really can’t remember your last dental checkup, it is time!
Contact Manhattan Dental Arts for an appointment if you are having any pain, discomfort, or changes in your mouth.
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (212) 247-2330 or request an appointment online today.