Regular dental visits can help detect oral health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable, or even help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place.
And don’t forget that some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth, so your dentist may be the first to notice a condition you or your doctor may not yet be aware of.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Feucht at Plymouth Dentistry:
- Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
- Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
- You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
- You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
- You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- You are pregnant
- You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
- You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
- You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
- You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
- Your mouth is often dry
- You smoke or use other tobacco products
- You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
- Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
- You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Be sure to tell Dr. Feucht if there have been any changes in your overall health, since many medical conditions can affect your oral health too.