In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you should go to the dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up. For most people, twice-yearly dental appointments are enough to maintain their dental health, but occasionally you may experience a dental problem that requires more immediate attention.
Our team at the office of Michael S. Spangler, DDS, PA wants to help you take the best possible care of your teeth, so we have put together this article on how to tell when you need to schedule a dental appointment. If you notice any of the following three signs happening to you, we encourage you to reach out to our team today to schedule a visit.
- Tooth Pain- One clear sign that you need to schedule a dental appointment is tooth pain. If you are experiencing pain in your teeth, whether it’s persistent, occurs only when you bite or chew, or occurs when eating hot or cold foods, give us a call.
- Gum Issues- Another indicator that you should schedule a dental appointment is issues with your gums, such as pain, swelling, or inflammation. You should also see a dentist if your gums are turning a bluish or reddish color rather than their natural shade, if they are starting to recede, or if they have pus.
- Persistent Mouth Sores- The occasional canker sore or wound from biting your cheek is nothing to worry about, but if you have mouth sores that last for more than a week, you should see a dentist, as that points to a bigger problem.