Routine dental care should always be a priority. In past posts we’ve talked about the various ways our general and dental health affect each other, but some patients may need a clear sign that it’s time to visit the dentist.

Well, here are 6 signs that you need to see a dentist:

  1. You have trouble with your gums. Contact your dentist if your gums are puffy or they bleed when you brush or flush. This can signify gum disease and should be treated immediately.

  2. You Hide Your Smile. Whether you are self-conscious about a missing tooth, or the color of your teeth, consult with a dentist to see what options are available to you! We’re here to help, so don’t be shy and ask!

  3. You’ve had dental work done before. It’s always a good idea to have any work you had done in the past is checked to make sure everything is in great shape.

  4. You have ongoing medical issues. Dental care is a crucial part of your overall healthcare plan. Be sure to include your dentist if you have conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and eating disorders or are undergoing medical treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation.

  5. You’re pregnant. Yes, it’s safe to go to the dentist when you are pregnant, in fact, it’s more important. Pregnancy can amplify some dental issues, so be sure to schedule your regular dental appointments as planned.

Of course, along with your regular dental visits, it’s critical to adapt and maintain a daily routine of brushing 2x a day for two minutes each and flossing once a day. If you’re not sure if you should see a dentist, you probably should! At the very least, you’ll leave the office with the peace of mind that you’re in good dental health.