When Should I See The Dentist?

Back in the day, people didn’t really think about taking care of their teeth. Dentists functioned primarily to take care of the pain people had once they already had tooth decay. Later, dentists realized that tooth decay and gum disease were preventable. So here are some guidelines to help you take better care of your teeth and know when to visit the dentist.

All Princeton dentists recommend regular dentist check-ups every six months, and so does the American Dental Association. During a check-up, Dr. Reinhardt or Dr. Isaacson will not only rid your teeth of any plaque that might have built up since your last visit, he or she will also give you a thorough exam and, possibly, X-rays. In addition to your 6-month dental-check-ups, you may need to see the dentist for any of the following reasons.

Visit The Dentist If You Have Tooth Pain

Pain in or around your tooth can be distressing and hard to ignore. Your tooth pain may be the result of a cavity or a dental abscess in or around your tooth. You also may experience sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks. Even if the pain goes away after a day or two, we would recommend you still call for a dental appointment. Your body may have fought off infection, but the problem that started it in the first place could still remain. You may need to go to an emergency room if:

  • You have severe pain.
  • You have a fever.
  • The gums around the tooth swell greatly.
  • Pus or other fluid drains from around the painful area.
  • Your cheek, chin, face, or neck start to swell.

See the Dentist If Your Gums Are Inflamed Or Bleeding

Bleeding or swollen gums could be due to brushing too hard, or it could be a sign of gum disease. Bacteria in your mouth causes inflamed gums called gingivitis. If you are having sore or bleeding gums frequently, you should book an appointment with your dentist. Serious gum disease can lead to losing a tooth.

Make A Dental Appointment If You Have White Spots On Your Teeth

The first signs of tooth decay may be the appearance of white spots on your teeth. Dental decay happens when acid produced by bacteria in your mouth starts to dissolve the enamel on your teeth. There are usually no symptoms of tooth decay, which is why regular visits to your dentist are a must.

Call Your Princeton Dentist If You Have Persistent Canker Or Mouth Sores

Canker and cold sores may come and go on their own. But mouth sores that won’t heal could be a symptom of infection, virus or fungus. Seek dental attention immediately, especially if your sores are combined with a high fever or pain.

Book A Dental Appointment If You Have Jaw Pain Or Headaches

You may experience jaw pain if you have a cavity or infection in your tooth. Sinus problems, teeth grinding, or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) can also cause jaw pain and headaches. TMJ happens when jaw joints and the muscles controlling them don’t work together correctly. If you have TMJ, you might have pain by your ear or jaw popping. Your dentist can help with a mouth guard, anti-inflammatory medicine or refer you to other specialists.

Talk To A Dentist If You Have Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a symptom for many different diseases and disorders and can be a side effect of some medications. It even can come with aging. If you can’t figure out any reason for sudden dry mouth symptoms, you should see your dentist, as it could be an indication of bacteria and disease in the mouth.

See Your Dentist To Help With Your Bad Breath

We all know colleagues or friends who we always want to offer a mint to when we’re around them. But, did you know that bad breath is one of the first signs of gingivitis (gum disease)? It’s important to see your dentist at the first signs of gum disease because, as it progresses, it can cause tooth loss and other serious health conditions

See Your Dentist More Often If You’re At High Risk

While the twice-a-year rule is probably a good regular check-up schedule for most people, people with a higher risk of getting tooth decay or gum disease should consider making more frequent visits. Those at higher risk include:

  • People who smoke tobacco.
  • Women who are pregnant.
  • People who have been diagnosed as diabetic.
  • Those who currently have gum disease.
  • Those who have compromised immune systems.
  • People who have a history of cavities or plaque buildup.

Choose Prosthodontics of Princeton For Your Next Visit

Whether you need to schedule your regular check-up, or you find yourself in one of the situations above, the dental professionals at Prosthodontics of Princeton are ready to provide expert dental care to you and your family members. We can help with preventative, repair and cosmetic dental services. Contact us at (609) 924-1975. Find out what others say about our services and meet our dentists. We look forward to helping you and your family prevent dental challenges and maintain a healthy mouth.