Visiting the dentist at least every six months is recommended, however, this does not mean you should only see the dentist at six-month intervals.
Besides a cleaning, when would you need to go to the dentist? Dr. Lechner has a few reasons:
You Experience Pain/Sensitivity
Do you notice pain or sensitivity when you eat or drink something? If you ever experience tooth pain or sensitivity you should discuss this issue with a dentist.
If your gums are bright red, inflamed, bleed after you brush or floss, or even just have a history of gum disease
that runs in your family, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Your Mouth Always Feel Dry
is a dental health issue that, besides feeling thirsty, can actually lead to other issues such as cavities. Saliva is our bodies’ natural cavity fighter, so if you suffer from dry mouth it is important to address this issue.
Have You Had Any Dental Work Done?
You want to make sure that any work you have had done is working properly. Crowns, dentures, fillings, etc., should be checked routinely.
Anything Out of the Ordinary
Anytime something just doesn’t seem right you should contact your dentist. You don’t want any dental health issues advancing to the point you can’t ignore them.
For more reasons why you should see the dentist, be sure to view the ADA’s Mouth Healthy article here.