Do I Need to See a Dentist? Signs it's Time for a Dental Visit By Eugene D. Stanislaus on January 15, 2024

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Regular dental exams and cleanings are a vital part of your oral health. In fact, by seeing our Cobble HillFort GreeneDumboNY-area dentist regularly, you can help prevent issues from developing or identify issues before they can impact your oral health. So what are the signs you should see a dentist if you haven't received regular exams? Let's explore when to see a dentist at our Brooklyn dental practice.

You Haven't Been to the Dentist in More Than a Year

If you are in fairly good overall and oral health, experts suggest that you visit your dentist once or twice a year. This allows your dentist to identify issues such as cavities and gum disease before they progress. Regular dental cleanings can also help prevent several oral health concerns. If you have not had a dental exam in more than a year, it is a good time to schedule an appointment for a cleaning and check-up. 

You are Pregnant

Studies have shown that pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. Dentists suggest that pregnant women visit the dentist a minimum of twice a year, but every three months during pregnancy is best. 

You Have Health Conditions that Put You at Risk

Certain health conditions can put you at an increased risk of developing oral health issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. If you have health conditions such as diabetes or you are immune compromised, at a minimum, you should see your dentist at least twice a year. 

You Have Troubling Symptoms

If you develop troubling symptoms, you may need to see your dentist sooner than your regularly scheduled visit. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Bleeding or swollen gums - If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, it could be a sign of gum disease. 
  • Tooth or gum pain or sensitivity - Tooth pain could be a symptom of an underlying issue such as an infection or gum disease.
  • Loose or missing teeth - Even a single missing tooth can cause further tooth loss and lead to issues such as jawbone deterioration. 
  • Chronic bad breath - Chronic bad breath that does not improve with good hygiene and has no known cause can be a symptom of an oral health issue. 
  • Abscesses in the mouth - An abscess is often a symptom of an infection. You may need root canal treatment if this infection has reached your tooth roots. 
  • Receding gums - Gum recession is a sign of gum disease. This can lead to issues such as infections and tooth loss. 

Schedule a Visit Today

Regular dental visits are a vital part of maintaining good oral health. However, even if you maintain regular visits, there may be other reasons to see your dentist more frequently or outside of your annual exam. If you are in doubt about whether you need to see a dentist, it is best to contact us. Our expert staff can help you determine if a visit is needed. Our dentists provide a range of comprehensive treatment options, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to meet all your dental care needs. 

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The team at Brooklyn Heights Dental® has been committed to caring for our community's smiles since 1956. Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are affiliated with several renowned institutions and organizations, including:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • The International College of Dentists
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

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