When is the last time that you visited your dentist’s office? You may find yourself busy and overscheduled, which can make a regular appointment more difficult to make. Or, you may avoid the dentist due to some anxiety over the experience. In any case, regular dental checkups are a part of your overall wellness plan, and shouldn’t be avoided. Curious if it is time to call your dentist to make an appointment? Here are the signs you have been looking for.
It’s Been 6 Months
If you haven’t seen your dentist in at least six months, it’s time to schedule your general checkup appointment. You should see your dentist for a check and cleaning at least twice per year, and your insurance plan will accommodate this wellness best practice. If it’s been too long since your teeth were cleaned and you’ve had x-rays, now is the time to make the call to your dentist’s office.
You Are In Pain
Oral pain can creep up fast and furious, leaving you uncomfortable quickly. If you are having any kind of mouth pain, minor or severe, make an appointment with your dentist immediately. Most dentist offices are happy to accommodate emergency appointments and can get you out of pain sooner than later.
You Have Questions
Do you have questions about your dental health or oral health practices? Perhaps you are curious if you are using the right toothbrush or when might be the best time to plan for that crown. In any case, your dentist, hygienist, and the rest of the office team, are ready to help get you on the right track. If you have questions or concerns, it’s time to make an appointment.
You Have Bloody Gums
Are you noticing blood when you spit after brushing your teeth or blood during flossing? This blood could be the first sign of gum disease or other oral health issues. Don’t wait it out, hoping it will change on its own. Instead, give your dentist a call to have the problem assessed and plan for the future.
You Want to Set a Good Example
If you are a parent, you already know that your kids are watching your every move. Be sure to set a good example for dental health that will set them up for adult wellness. If you haven’t taken your child to the dentist with you to show them that it’s nothing to be nervous about, make your appointment now. Most offices are happy to let a child see a part of your dental exam and even give the child a ride on the chair.
The bottom line? Make the appointment already. Your dentist will love to see you and your oral health will be better for it.