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7 Common Signs It's Time to Visit Your Dentist

Have you been neglecting your teeth? Are you worried that you may be developing an oral health issue? Here are 7 common signs that it is time to make an appointment with your dentist.

If you feel that you have healthy teeth, it can be very easy to put off seemingly insignificant dental checkups until you have more free time. However, if you put off dental checkups for too long, you could be at risk of developing unforeseen, severe dental conditions such as gum disease, cavities, or gingivitis. To avoid any of these conditions, among others, you should:

  • Brush your teeth twice daily
  • Floss once a day
  • Minimize your sugar intake
  • Avoid smoking
  • Stay well-hydrated throughout the day

Practicing good oral hygiene will do wonders for maintaining your oral health, but no matter how strict you are about your dental routine at home, it is still important to visit your dentist for your regular checkups and teeth cleanings. 

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7 of the Most Common Signs That It Is Time to Visit Your Dentist

It is common knowledge that you should visit your dentist at least once every six months for a cleaning and to check for more severe dental problems. However, even for the most dental dedicated individuals, that leaves a minimum period of six months where an oral health problem could arise! In between your regularly scheduled dental checkups, you could begin to develop the symptoms of a substantial dental issue.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it might be time to schedule an appointment with your dentist:

1. Dental Emergency

Let's get the big one out of the way first; any form of a dental emergency requires the care of a trained, professional dentist. Not treating dental emergencies such as a broken tooth, extreme tooth pain, or a fallen-out filling can lead to irreparable harm to your mouth.


2. Tooth Sensitivity

It is natural for some patients to be more sensitive to stimulation than others. However, if sensitive teeth is a new sensation too you, or if the sensation is worsening, it could indicate a deeper issue such as tooth decay or gingivitis. If you cannot enjoy the hot or cold food and beverages that you used to enjoy, visit Marlborough Dental Centre so that we can get you back to healthy teeth.

3. Tooth Pain

This one is quite obvious but should not be understated. If you are experiencing a toothache of any level, it is likely the sign of some underlying problem. If left untreated, your toothache could spread to other areas of the mouth and cause even greater issues and the need for more extensive, and expensive, treatments down the road. 

4. Swollen Gums

The most tell-tale sign of gum disease is swollen, sore gums. When caught early on, mild gum disease is almost always treatable with extra special care and attention to your gum health. However, if the problem is left to persist, acute gum disease can cause serious harm to your oral health. It is estimated that at some point in their lives, 70% of Canadians will develop gum disease. Don't risk your swollen gums, have a Calgary dentist take a look.


5. White Spots on Teeth 

Did you know that the first evidence of tooth decay is a white spot leison? This means that your tooth's enamel has been compromised. The good news? At this point, the decay process can be reversed. If you do notice any white spots on your teeth, it's important to visit your Calgary dentist quickly in order to prevent additional, and more serious problems, such as cavities, from occuring down the road. 

6. Perpetual Bad Breath

Persistent bad breath, or halitosis, can be a sign of serious dental issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease. If you find that your bad breath lingers, despite a healthy, daily dental routine, then it's time to visit your dentist. With a proper cleaning and exam, your dentist can help rule out any oral health problems and advise you on the next steps, including what type of dental products to use, or any treatment plans to take care of cavities or gum disease. 


7. Dry Mouth

If you are dehydrated, you will obviously experience some degree of dry mouth. If the dry mouth persists when well-hydrated, it could be a sign of a myriad of issues, including gum disease, gingivitis, or cavities. The root of the problem cannot be discovered until you have been examined by a professional, qualified dentist. If you have persistent dry mouth, visit our Calgary dental clinic so that we can discover the root of the problem and find a solution for your oral health.

Stop Putting Off Your Oral Health

We are proud to provide NE Calgary with high-quality, affordable dental care. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or looking to brighten your smile, contact us to schedule your appointment at  403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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