Reasons for Dental Visits and Appointments

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When was the last time you visited your dentist for a routine exam or dental checkup? If your answer was more than six months to a year ago, you are not alone. Studies and statistics show that 70% of adults plan to make an appointment soon; only less than half take action. It is vital to keep your teeth and gums healthy because it can go a long way with you through life. Extensive research suggested that there is a link between oral healths to your overall health. Gum disease can lead to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Here are some signs that should consider awareness for if you are experiencing similar symptoms. It will be a good idea to make an appointment immediately.

  • Pain or swelling of the mouth consists of the tooth, gum, jaws, face, or neck.
  • Jaw pain, feeling pain, or hearing pops when you open or close your mouth.
  • Sores or spots that last for one week or longer.
  • Puffy, bleeding gums are early signs of gum disease that may lead to periodontitis.
  • For dental work such as fillings, crowns, implants, or dentures, it is essential to make sure they are in excellent shape.
  • Pregnancy can change various things in your body, and dental problems may worsen as well. It is essential to make sure you keep up with dental checkups when pregnant.
  • Trouble eating food that you usually eat. If you have difficulty chewing or swallowing foods, it can be a sign of something more serious that should be considered.
  • A dry mouth can lead to a lack of saliva production resulting in tooth decay.
  • Tobacco and nicotine usage is the leading fatal cause of oral cancer. Talk to your dentist to see what you can do to stop to prevent further damage to your health.
  • Routine checkups are needed even if you do not have any symptoms. Regular checkups are essential to help prevent and identify dental issues before they need further extensive treatments.
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