We know that dental appointments aren’t everyone’s favorite way to spend their spare time, but your body may be telling you that you need to see a dentist.
Dr. Richard W. Van Gurp’s Charlotte, NC office Van Gurp Dentistry at the Aboretum offers comprehensive dentistry to patients of all ages for everything from routine office visits to complex dental concerns. Dr. Van Gurp wants you to be aware of 7 signs that it might be time to schedule a dental appointment.
1. You Have Not Seen a Dentist in a While
Most dentists strongly suggest their patients have dental exams every six months. This gives them regular opportunities to remove hardened plaque from teeth, check for cavities and any other issues before they become worse. So if you haven’t seen the dentist in at least 6 months, it might be time to schedule an examination.
2. You have pain in your mouth
Pain is how your body lets you know that something is wrong. Pain in your teeth when you chew is never normal, and could be a warning of a major problem in the teeth or jaw bone. It’s important not to let mouth pain go untreated, because many dental ailments can lead to or indicate illnesses developing in other parts of the body.
3. You have a constant bad taste in your mouth
If you have a bad taste in your mouth that just won’t go away even after brushing, you may be suffering from advanced tooth decay. The oral bacteria that feed on food particles and plaque produce foul-smelling waste that can cause bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth. Tooth decay needs to be treated as early as possible to prevent gingivitis, infection, or even tooth loss.
4. You feel a tingling sensation when you eat sweet food or brush your teeth
Cavities do not immediately cause pain. A sensitivity to temperature or sweet feed may be early indicators that you have a cavity. If you experience a tingling sensation whenever you eat sweet food or brush your teeth, see Dr. Van Gurp or your area dentist, because it could be that you have a cavity.
5. Your teeth are discolored
If your teeth are noticeably discolored or have yellow deposits along the gum line, you should schedule a dental examination. Discolored teeth can be a sign of an infection or even a medical ailment, but it also happens naturally over time — especially if we eat certain foods with high pigmentation or artificial coloring. The aforementioned yellow deposits along the gum line are hardened plaque, known in dental terminology as tartar, that needs to be removed to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
6. You have cosmetic dentistry questions
Have you been considering teeth whitening, dentures, implants, or fixing crooked teeth? Your dentist can discuss your cosmetic goals with you, answer any questions you may have and design a unique treatment plan to help you restore your smile.
7. You are missing one or more teeth
Teeth can be lost in many ways and for many reasons and it is not necessarily due to poor oral hygiene. Missing teeth should be replaced as early as possible to prevent deterioration of your jaw bone and gum tissue and shifting of your teeth and bite. Dr. Van Gurp or your area dentist can review with you your options for replacement such as implants, bridges, or even dentures.
Charlotte, NC Dental Care
Dr. Van Gurp’s practice offers comprehensive, affordable, and experienced dental care to patients of all ages. To consult with Dr. Van Gurp, schedule a consultation online or call us at (704) 209-9606 today!