It is understandable that many people miss their biannual dental appointments. Life happens, and six months can come and go very quickly. However, when you do not give your dentist the chance to see your teeth, they cannot catch problems early. Luckily, your Sugar Land, TX dentist at Lukin Family Dentistry can keep your smile healthy and happy, regardless of how long it has been since your last dental examination.
Signs You Should Visit Your Dentist
Pain: Pain is the most obvious reason to schedule an appointment with your dentist. You should still see your dentist if your pain subsides eventually. This only means that your body has fought off the pain-causing infection. If left untreated, the underlying problem could cause further complications.
Swollen/painful gums: Inflamed gums are a symptom of gum disease. If your gums are painful, swollen, pulling away from your teeth or bleed when you brush or floss, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. Gum disease is treatable, but often needs the help of a periodontal cleaning.
Bad breath: Bad breath with seemingly no cause is an early symptom of the gum disease gingivitis. It is best to resolve gingivitis early before it leads to more serious health conditions.
Broken teeth: Teeth are incredibly strong and durable. When a tooth is broken, its protective walls come down, leaving the tooth’s root in danger. Broken teeth should be seen by your dentist as soon as possible.
Hot/cold sensitivity: This is a tell-tale sign of tooth decay. Sensitivity to temperature occurs as decay advances from the tooth’s surface to its inner layers. At this point, the cavity has the chance to infect your tooth’s roots. If left untreated, decay can cause tooth loss.
Discoloration: Discoloration of the gums or inside of the mouth could signify a more serious problem with your health. See your dentist immediately.
Canker sores: Canker sores which resolve themselves within several days are common. However, canker sores that will not heal or which last longer than a week could be the sign of a serious health condition. You should seek immediate dental care, especially if the canker sore is coupled with a fever or severe pain.
For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen P. Lukin, DDS and Dr. Mark Lukin, DDS at Lukin Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX. Call (281) 265-9000 to schedule your dental examination today!