You’ve probably heard that regular dental checkups every six months help to keep your mouth healthy and identify potential dental issues before they happen. But what happens if you experience any dental issues between those regular checkups?
If you have tooth sensitivity, new areas of swelling, or issues with a denture, you may be wondering “When should I go to the dentist?” Just like going to the doctor, sometimes it can be hard to know whether to schedule an appointment or wait it out. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things that you should be mindful of to help you know when to see the dentist.
When to Visit Dr. Kim
You notice a new pain or sensitive area in your mouth
If at any point you experience pain or changes in your mouth such as hot and cold sensitivity, aching, or throbbing, this is an indication that you should see a dentist—especially if pain is affecting your everyday activities. Sometimes the changes in your mouth can affect your ability to eat, sleep, and talk, a sure sign that something is off and you need to see your dentist.
If your denture, bridge, or appliance isn’t fitting as well as it used to
If you have dentures, a dental bridge, or an oral appliance, you should see your dentist if it feels loose or is not fitting as well as it used to. It may be time for an adjustment to help it fit like new again. Your mouth can change over time, and your dentures or other appliances should be regularly checked to ensure they’re still fitting comfortably in your mouth.