12 SIGN’S THAT YOU MAY WANT TO SEEK A DENTAL PROVIDER!

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  1. Pain and swelling in the mouth, face, or neck.
  2. “Gum’s acting up”- where your gums may be puffy, may bleed when brushing or flossing, or have a family history of gum disease.
  3. Do you hide your smile? Feeling self-conscious due to a missing tooth or because you feel that your teeth may not be white enough.
  4. If you have ever had any procedure performed on your teeth such as: crowns, implants, fillings. It is important to see a dental provider regularly to ensure that everything is still in good shape.
  5. If you have ongoing medical issues, make your dental provider part of your team. Examples of medical issues you should inform your dental provider about may include but are not limited to: eating disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or if undergoing radiation therapy, chemo therapy, and or hormone replacement therapy.
  6. If you’re pregnant. Yes it is safe for you to see a dental provider, and in some cases dental problems can actually worsen while you’re pregnant.
  7. If you are having trouble eating due to difficulty chewing, and or swallowing. While you wait for your appointment try eating soft foods.
  8. Having dry mouth or always feeling parched; it could be a medical issue or a medication side effect, but it is best to keep your dental provider in the loop. When your mouth has a lack of saliva it is essential to have regular check-ups. It is also good to keep in mind that in addition to brushing, flossing, that you use alcohol-free mouthwash, and to sip water throughout the whole day.
  9. If you are using tobacco products. If you are a tobacco user you may already be aware that tobacco products can cause cancer, bad breath, tooth decay, and more.
  10. Having jaw pain aka TMJ. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is pain and compromised movement of the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. If experiencing these symptoms it is especially important to visit your dental provider before symptoms worsen.
  11. I you have spots or sores in your mouth.
  12. IT’S TIME FOR A CHECK –UP EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS

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