June 6, 2017
When you think of having to do something immediately, you may automatically remember that “honey-do list” your spouse left for you on the table this morning. But, there are more important things that concern your health that hold higher priority than picking up more peanut butter from the grocery store. When it comes to your oral health, there are certain signs and particular situations that call you to make an appointment right away. Your dentist in The Woodlands wants to explain these scenarios so that you know when it’s okay to put off an appointment and when to schedule one right away.
1. You’re experience head, neck, mouth, or jaw pain.
Anytime your body is in pain, it’s trying to signal to you that you need to address a health concern. We know this sounds obvious, but there are more patients than you might think that believe it might get better on its own, they’re afraid of what the treatment will cost or simply scared of visiting their health professional. Trust our dental team at Bear Branch Family Dental! Putting off getting treatment for a mouth and head pain will make it more expensive, not less! Not to mention, we don’t want any of our patients to be in pain when we have the treatments and medications to keep you pain-free. The sooner you see us the sooner we can make the pain go away.
2. Your gum health is declining.
When you smile do you see your gums are redder and more swollen than normal? Do you notice bleeding when you’re in the middle of your dental hygiene routine at home? Bleeding gums can be a sign of severe dental health concerns, particularly gingivitis advancing to gum disease and even worse—periodontal disease. Many patients see blood when they brush or floss their teeth, but don’t think much about it. But consider this scenario: Your primary doctor always warns you to wash your hands to prevent disease just as your dentist warns you to brush and floss your teeth. If your hands started bleeding every time you washed them, wouldn’t you contact your primary physician? The same goes for your mouth!
3. You experience a dental emergency.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents just happen. Some are worse than others. If certain dental emergencies are not treated correctly or in a timely manner, these scenarios may lead to much more severe dental health concerns. If you happen to chip or break a tooth, lose a tooth unexpectedly, lose or break a dental restoration, or experience a constant throbbing toothache, it’s time to visit your emergency dentist in The Woodlands. But if the situation calls for it, don’t hesitate to go to your nearest emergency room (for instance, if you experience a deep laceration while knocking out a tooth—stitch the wound first at your local ER, then call our office to explore restorative options).
4. It’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist.
A large part of excellent dental care is visiting your dentist every 6 months. You may brush and floss your teeth, notice little to no discoloration, and your breath smells fine, so why visit the dentist? Dental issues often begin with little to no warning. Dr. Kelly LeBlanc and Dr. Virgilio Gutierrez are here to thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, professionally clean your mouth, and keep you updated on any changes that have been made since your last dental appointment. If there is anything to be concerned about, we can help address those issues early on before they become severe.
If it’s been longer than 6 months since your last dental appointment, it’s time to visit your dentist. Contact our Bear Branch Family Dental practice to schedule the next available appointment.
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