Signs That It’s Time for a Dental Checkup

Maintaining regular visits to the dentist are important for everyone. Visiting the dentist will ensure that problems don’t arise within the teeth, around the gums or in the mouth. Regular checkups will also ensure that a person is meeting the necessary standards for keeping their teeth clean each day.

Often people neglect these dental check-up appointments because they don’t have the time or they believe that their teeth are in good condition. However, a lot of problems can arise from ignoring dental appointments, some may not even realize that problems are arising.

Being aware of signs that might indicate the need to visit the dentist can be helpful for anyone who hasn’t had a checkup in a while. Read more below about what the signs are for visiting the dentist.

When is it time for a dental checkup?

Tooth pain

If a person randomly experiences pain in any of their teeth then it may be a sign that a visit to the dentist is necessary. Tooth pain could be an indicator that a person has cavities, erosion or an infection in or around their teeth. If a person is experiencing constant or sharp pains then it is absolutely necessary to visit their dentist immediately in order to find out what is causing this pain.

Bleeding gums

While some people think that the gums bleeding is common, it is not. Bleeding gums once or twice is normal and may just be a cause of sensitive gums. However, if the gums are bleeding constantly, such as every time one flosses or brushes, then it is an indicator that a visit to the dentist is necessary. Bleeding gums may be a sign that a disease is present, so get to the dentist immediately, as gum diseases can be dangerous.

Tooth sensitivity

If a person is experiencing sensitivity to any of their teeth then it might be a sign that they should visit the dentist. Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures could indicate that a person’s enamel has been eroded or worn down which can be dangerous. A worn down enamel can harm the rest of the tooth and should be looked at by a dentist immediately.


Visits to the dentist regularly are necessary in order to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Dentists are able to examine the teeth closely and ensure that infections or diseases aren’t forming as well as give tips on how to properly clean the teeth each day. While a person may find it easier to avoid the dentist, it is in their best interest to visit at least twice a year.

If you have questions about dental checkups and why they are necessary then let us know. We’re happy to answer any questions that you might have and our trained office staff can guide you through any concerns that you might have. Give us a call today!

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