Five signs it’s time to visit your dentist
- Posted on: Mar 23 2018
Putting off a trip to the dentist might be more trouble than it’s worth. If you find yourself facing any of the following situations, a trip to any of our New York-area offices can help.
You have a toothache
Tooth pain is no fun. It can cause headaches, make it hard to eat, and keep you distracted from the things you love. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to self-diagnose what is causing an aching tooth. It can stem from a cavity, growing pains, trauma to the mouth, sensitivity, and many other conditions. If your tooth is hurting, it’s important that you have a professional diagnosis with a dentist who can treat the problem at hand. After x-rays and a thorough examination, we can offer solutions including fillings, extractions, or even just different brushing techniques.
You notice discoloration or an odd growth in your mouth
If you notice that your gums, tongue, throat or another part of your mouth has an odd-looking patch or lump that won’t disappear with brushing, is sore, or has grown or changed, it’s important that you come in for a cancer screening. This is especially important if you use tobacco products, like chew or cigarettes. Oral cancer is fairly common, but it is important that you catch and treat it in its early stages so that the damage won’t spread or require a more in-depth surgical removal. Of course, you are considerably less likely to develop cancer in your mouth if you don’t use tobacco in the first place. If you’re having trouble quitting, we can help you find a strategy that works in your life.
Your teeth are not as white as you want them to be
Everybody loves a bright, friendly grin. But as time passes, yellow and brown stains can begin to develop on our teeth thanks to coffee, tea, soda, wine, and other foods and drinks. If your smile is not as white as you would like and over-the-counter products, like toothpaste and whitening strips, are not cutting it, we can offer a professional treatment that will take your mouth several shades lighter in just a few hours. In some cases, veneers might be a better option for your lifestyle, and we can discuss this in greater detail during an appointment. We can also talk about oral cleaning techniques to help prevent additional staining down the line.
Your gums are sore
Several things can cause painful gums, but the leading causes are gingivitis and gum disease. When your gums are sore, bleeding, or a receding away from your teeth, it’s important that we investigate what’s behind the problem before it gets out of hand. Gum disease can be connected to larger health issues, like heart trouble or pregnancy complications. If it’s caught in time, these risks can be dramatically reduced.
You can’t remember the last time you were at the dentist
We understand that some people have negative associations with sitting in the dentist chair. Sometimes this is caused by anxiety or bad memories from childhood. Regardless, it’s important that you visit the dentist at least twice a year for an exam and cleaning. Keeping up your oral health can make future visits both less stressful and less expensive. Besides, we like seeing your smile and helping you stay healthy!
Call us today at 800.583.9285 to schedule an appointment!