Not everyone likes going to the dentist, but you should be going at least every six months to have a checkup and dental cleaning. If you aren't going to the dentist because you are afraid of going, or for some other reason, you could have dental issues that you aren't even aware of. Your teeth may end up needing to be pulled, or you could need extensive dental work that will only worsen if you don't do something about it. Read on for a few times you should be going to the dentist, not just for regular checkups and cleanings.
1. Your Gums Are Receding
If your gums are beginning to recede and you can feel the base of your tooth or you can see gaps between your tooth and your gums, it's time to get to the dentist. Receding gums can occur for a number of reasons, and it's usually irreversible. If your gums are receding, though, you need to get to the bottom of the reason why and make a change before you end up losing your teeth permanently. Receding gums can expose the bottom of the tooth, and food particles can easily get inside where they can cause cavities to form below and rot your teeth and gums. Go to the dentist for help.
2. You Have Intense Pain
If you have intense pain in your teeth when eating or drinking, it may be a cavity. If it's a cavity that has been filled before, you could have a deep cavity that is exposing the root of the tooth. In this case, you may have to have a root canal or the tooth may need to be pulled. If you are experiencing pain while you eat or drink, or even just talking causes you pain, get help.
3. Your Tooth Is Cracked, Chipped, Or Broken
If you have a cracked tooth, a chipped tooth, or a tooth that is broken or has fallen out, you should get to the dentist right away to see about saving it. If it isn't a permanent tooth, you should still go to the dentist to be sure the permanent tooth below the surface isn't damaged as well. If it's a permanent tooth, you need to try and have the tooth saved.
If you have any of these dental concerns, you need to go to a family dentist for a checkup and any necessary treatment to improve the health of your teeth.