Apart from brushing and flossing daily, there are things you can do to help ensure good dental health. Although you can’t change factors like the genetics you were born with which can contribute to certain dental problems, you can make a regular dentist appointment a part of your annual calendar. From the time your first tooth appears, it is recommended that you see the dentist every 6 months at a dentist appointment for teeth cleaning, polishing, x-rays, and fluoride treatments or other care as needed.
You may or may not have received proper dental care growing up, but now is still a great time to start. Check your calendar and make sure you schedule a dentist appointment within the next six months and then again in a year. Regular dentist appointments are important for everyone, and even more critical for those who have a family history of gum disease, cavities, or other dental problems.
When you are scheduling your dentist appointment, you’ll want to be aware that if you are having any of the following symptoms, you’ll need an appointment urgently and should not wait until your regularly scheduled checkup:
- An infection (abscess) at the root of your tooth
- A loose adult tooth.
- Swollen jaw
- Persistent sores or cankers in your mouth
- Badly bleeding and aching gums
- Persistent toothache
Clear your calendar and come see Dr. Sheumaker right away if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms. Otherwise, we would love to work with you to schedule a convenient time for your next dentist appointment.