Regularly seeing a dentist can be a difficult task. If your life is busy or you’re raising a family, seeing the dentist might be last on your list until something severe happens. It may seem more convenient to see a dentist when your schedule becomes less hectic. However, this can lead to the decline of your oral health and more importantly, your overall health. Take your health seriously. When life is demanding, it’s easy to lose track of how long it’s been since your last appointment, but we’re here to help. Here are some of the top signs that you need to see a dentist ASAP!
Do You Bleed After Brushing or Flossing?
If you answered “yes,” then you should schedule an appointment right away. Moderate bleeding isn’t healthy and could be a sign that you’re developing periodontal, or gum disease. If left undiagnosed and untreated by a local dentist, you risk bone loss around the gum line, and ultimately tooth loss. Other signs are red, swollen, or tender gums or discharge between the gums and teeth. If you catch these signs early enough, simple periodontal disease is easily manageable.
Are Your Gums Receding?
Gum recession is a normal part of aging, but it can also be an indicator of gum disease. Regardless of why your gums are receding, having exposed root surfaces of your teeth can predispose you to decay, infection, sensitivity or pain, and tooth loss. When you see your local dentist early enough, you can manage and sometimes even reverse the process.
Is Your Mouth Dry?
Healthy mouths are lubricated naturally by our saliva. Saliva removes food particles and bacteria and helps prevent plaque accumulation. If our saliva is not functioning correctly, bacteria remain on our teeth and produce acids that cause damage. If your mouth feels drier than usual, it could be an indicator of illness or dysfunction. Coming in to see a dental hygienist can help you find the cause of dry mouth. Here at Smile Designs of Olney, we can find solutions for you!
If It’s Been More Than 6 Months
Every person should see your dentist for a cleaning every six months. For patients with diagnosed periodontal disease, this may increase to every 3-4 months to prevent further progression of the condition. Every case is different, which is why it is essential to be adequately examined and diagnosed by your family dentist. Here at Smile Designs of Olney, we’re family-oriented and believe in making people feel comfortable. Don’t be embarrassed about your smile, even if you haven’t seen a dentist in a while. We will always welcome you and treat you like a member of our family.
- Loose Teeth
- Sores and Bumps
- Toothache (especially when it won’t go away)
- Swelling and odor
Come to Smile Designs of Olney for All of Your Cosmetic Procedures
For your smile makeover or any other dental needs, come to Smile Designs of Olney! Book an appointment with us. Whether you want your teeth whitened, straightened, or restored altogether, we pride ourselves in quality patient care and giving you the smile makeover that you deserve. Our small, professional staff will make you feel right at home. We service the Montgomery County regions including Olney, Laytonsville, Brookville, Silver Spring, Rockville, Columbia, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Germantown, MD. Contact us at (301) 260-0700, visit us online, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.