Signs It's Time To See Your Dentist
By Hill-Davis Dental Group
April 22, 2021
Category: Oral Health

It’s always a good idea to see the dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. Regular dental visits can help prevent many oral health problems. Even if you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, it’s important to recognize the signs that it’s time to see one. Certain symptoms could be an indication of an oral health issue, such as a cavity or gum disease. See Dr. Camie Davis and Dr. Kourtney Kouth, the experienced dentists at Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX, if you have a toothache or other symptoms. even if you don't have any symptoms, you should be coming in to see us twice a year.

Importance of Regular Checkups

It’s easy to get busy and not make time for the dentist, but regular checkups are one of the best things you can do to help you maintain optimal oral health. Two main components of a dental checkup include an oral exam and teeth cleaning. The oral exam gives the dentist an opportunity to check for potential oral health threats and treat them before they become more serious.

Professional teeth cleanings also play an essential role in helping you enjoy better oral health. Our team has the skills, training, and tools to clean the teeth much more thoroughly than can be achieved at home. Additionally, professional cleaning is the only way to completely remove tartar buildup, which is hardened plaque, from the teeth. It cannot be cleared away by brushing and flossing. If tartar is not removed, it can lead to the development of gum disease, which can eventually result in tooth loss.

Signs You Need to See a Dentist

There are several signs it’s time to see a dentist. Many symptoms are signs of a more serious oral health concern. For example, a sign of periodontal disease is gums that bleed easily when brushing. See the dentists at our office in Lubbock, TX, if you have developed any of the following symptoms:

  • Gums that are red or inflamed
  • Gums that bleed easily after brushing
  • A severe or persistent toothache
  • Teeth that are loose or have shifted
  • Bumps, sores, or lesions in the mouth
  • A receding gum line
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A receding gum line

There are several signs it’s time to see your dentist. Seeking treatment promptly can help prevent potential problems from getting worse. If you are experiencing oral health issues or are simply overdue for a checkup and cleaning, schedule an appointment with Dr. Davis and Dr. Kouth, the highly skilled dentists at Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX, by calling (806) 793-0651.