We all know that we should visit the dentist about once every six months, but there are very few of us who actually do it. In fact, in 2010 only 60% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 had been to dental clinics in the last year. Even so, there is really little evidence to support that recommendation. In any case, no one actually likes going to the dentist, but there are times when going is necessary for your health, oral and otherwise. If you have or are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment to see your dentist.
A common indicator that you need to see a dentist is raw, bleeding, or painful gums. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or floss between them, this could mean that you have a gum disease like gingivitis or periodontitis. Other symptoms include receding, red, or swollen gums. You can prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing often.
Persistent bad breath
Another reason you should see your dentist is if you have persistent bad breath, which is referred to as halitosis. Eighty five percent of people who have persistent bad breath have an underlying dental problem that causes it. A common culprit is gum disease, but if you can’t rid of bad breath you might want to visit your dentist to see what’s going on.
Broken or damaged teeth
This one is obvious. If you have missing, broken, or otherwise damaged teeth, you should go see your dentist. They will likely suggest cosmetic dental work like dental implants, which will replace your missing or broken teeth, which will make it easier to eat (and smile).
Oral problems cannot be ignored, since they usually do not go away on their own — they end up escalating until they start affecting your overall health. If you don’t have one, you need to find a dentist, at least to be there for you should a situation arise and you need cosmetic dental work or treatment for oral diseases. Continue reading here.