5 Sign It's Time to See a Dentist
Discover the most common reasons to visit the dentist.
When was the last time you visited a dentist? Has it been months or—gasp—even years? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. While many people may plan to visit the dentist, the truth is that many Americans skip out on their routine dental cleaning. It’s important to do your part to keep your teeth and gums healthy to protect against not only oral health issues but also systemic diseases such as diabetes, too. Here are the top five signs it’s time to visit our Bolingbrook, IL, dentist Dr. Kathryn Bachinski for care.
You’re dealing with bad breath
Also referred to as halitosis, bad breath is a nasty problem that could also be a sign of a more serious health issue. While the occasional bout of bad breath can be from food and plaque being stuck between teeth, or from eating or drinking certain things, persistent halitosis can be a sign of liver or kidney disease, diabetes or respiratory problems such as bronchitis. Chronic bad breath should be evaluated by our Bolingbrook, IL, family dentists as soon as possible.
Your gums are puffy or bleeding
It’s important to keep an eyes out for changes to the shape or appearance of your gums, as changes could be a sign of gum disease. When bacteria infect the gums, this can lead to widespread inflammation. If you notice puffy, swollen or tender gums, this could be an early sign of gingivitis. If you also notice that your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss, this is also a telltale sign of gum disease.
You notice sore spots or patches
There are many reasons why sore spots happen within the soft tissue of the mouth. Sores or patches in the mouth can be a sign of irritation (e.g. burn), infection or disease, but it’s important that you see your dentist right away if you notice a sore or patch that doesn’t go away in a week, as this could be an early sign of oral cancer.
If you are pregnant you absolutely should see your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. In fact, if you are already predisposed to certain dental problems such as gum disease, these problems can be exacerbated when pregnant. This is because hormone levels fluctuate so much when you’re pregnant, which can increase your risk for gingivitis and cavities.
You Hate Your Smile
If you feel self-conscious about your smile then this might be the perfect time to talk with our Bolingbrook, IL, general dentist about cosmetic dentistry and how Dr. Bachinski and his team can give you a more beautiful and confident smile with options such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and dental bonding.
No matter whether you are experiencing dental problems, or you simply need to visit our Bolingbrook, IL, family dentist for your six-month cleaning, Dr. Bachinski and the team at Hidden Lakes Dental Care is here to help. Call us today at (630) 759-0077.