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4 Reasons it Might Be Time to See a Dentist

Oral issues can arise at any time, especially if you have been avoiding regular visits to the dentist! While skipping the dentist might seem like a time-saver, regular checkups are necessary for preventive care as well as for overall health.

Worried about something inside your mouth? It's probably a good time to make an appointment. Here are four reasons you might want to make a visit to the dentist.

1. In pain? Get to the dentist!

Pain is an indication that there is a problem that needs to be solved. You could have tooth decay, an abscessed tooth, a damaged filling, a crown has come off and an infection has set in. You may also have infected gums or other issues that require attention.

If you are experiencing swelling and a fever, you should call your dentist now.

2. Not all problems are emergencies, but do need attention

A chipped tooth? Has a crown come off? Call and make an appointment with your dentist. (Are you in pain? Remember, that’s an emergency!)

3. I have an abscessed tooth. What do I do?

An abscessed tooth has a pocket of pus growing around its root (ouch!). This can cause pain, swelling, fever and gum redness, which means you need to see a dentist right away.

4. Stay on schedule and keep your smile safe

Be sure to make regular appointments to prevent urgent or emergency problems. This means cleaning and check-ups at least twice a year, every six months.

Remember, neglect can lead to pain. Ignoring your teeth and dental health are two of the biggest reasons for expensive treatments. Small cavities can grow into tooth decay - which can lead to root canals, extractions, and implants.

If you're worried about any of these or other issues, contact your dentist or schedule a visit. Your smile will thank you!

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Of note: The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These tips are from doctors, nurses and people who have shared their real-life advice; always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes. Again, speak to your doctor before using any form of medication - prescription or nonprescription drugs.