Thursday, September 5, 2013

10 Signs You Need to See Your Dentist

"Lack of time" is a prevailing excuse as to why many adults fail to have regular dental checkups. The sad truth is that by ignoring their dental health, millions of Americans set themselves up for serious conditions such as tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancers. Treating these conditions requires a great deal of time, effort, discomfort, and money.

Seeing a dentist regularly and when problems first arise practically ensures that the treatment plan will be easier and more affordable. If you have been putting off a trip to the dentist, for whatever reason, please review the following list. These are 10 signs that indicate a dental appointment is necessary:
  1. When you floss, your gums feel irritated, bleed, and become puffy
  2. Your breath is frequently unpleasant and you have a bad taste in your mouth
  3. There is a family history of tooth decay or gum disease
  4. You notice sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods
  5. There is painful swelling in your mouth, face, or neck
  6. You have noticed a spot or sore on your gums, tongue, or elsewhere inside your mouth
  7. You are not happy with the outward appearance of your teeth, gums, or smile
  8. Sometimes your jaw pops, is painful, or your bite is uneven
  9. Swallowing and chewing is sometimes difficult
  10. You frequently suffer from dry mouth
Even if you do not have any of these symptoms, seeing a dentist routinely is extremely important. Dental professionals are highly skilled at recognizing signs and possible issues before they develop into something more serious. Visiting a dentist and having regular cleanings are preventative measures everyone should take. There also may be new products and dental hygiene techniques that they can tell you about.

So, please make an appointment today with Dr. Simon Melcher at Implant & General Dentistry: 919-782-0548

For a little more incentive, see this excerpt from a study from the Center for Disease Control:

"One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The study, 'Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010,' estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent."

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