Though many patients are aware of the importance of visiting the dentist every six months for cleanings and examinations, they may not be as aware of what to do in the month between visits if problems arise. Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell of McDowell Dental Group in Abington, PA want to educate patients on the importance of working with their dentist to achieve healthy smiles, even if it means making an appointment between regularly scheduled visits. Below are just a few concerns that patients should talk to their dentist about if they develop in-between recall appointments.
Reasons to call the dentist before your next cleaning and evaluation
- Bleeding of the gums – sometimes, bleeding gum tissues can be caused by aggressive brushing of the teeth. However, in other situations, it may be an early indication of gum disease, or “periodontal disease.” Gum disease is irreversible, so avoiding it with proper oral hygiene each day is critical to keeping it from developing. This condition needs to be diagnosed and addressed as soon as possible to allow a dentist to stop it from becoming worse.
- Pain in the jaw or mouth – persistent pain in the jaw or mouth may be an indicator that a more serious problem is developing. Jaw pain might signal conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Mouth pain, especially toothaches, may indicate a serious infection that needs intervention by a dentist, such as root canal therapy or, in worst cases, extractions.
- Chronic bad breath – bad breath may be more than just eating garlicy foods or forgetting to brush the tongue. It can be a sign of a more serious issue. Some of the health concerns that might present in chronic bad breath or “halitosis” may include diabetes, sinus infections, liver disease, dehydration, and dry mouth.
Stay aware of changes in your smile
If you notice anything that has occurred suddenly, or gradually, that causes you concern for your smile, it is always a good idea to connect with your dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation. Many conditions that develop can be addressed easily and affordably when caught in their earliest stages. Request an appointment with Drs. Gary McDowell and Ashley McDowell of McDowell Dental Group today at (215) 885-0555, and get started taking charge of your oral health and wellness. Our Abington, PA area office is conveniently located at 1047 Old York Road.