Going to the dentist twice a year is what the American Dentistry Association and countless dental professionals recommend. There’s good reason for this visit every six months. While it allows a professional to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, it is also serves as an important opportunity to catch dental problems early, or before they seriously threaten your health. The following are examples of dental issues you may view as harmless or temporary, but may actually be more than meets the eye. Only a certified dentist has the proper training and imaging technology to give you the right diagnosis.
- What you may feel as a sensitive tooth, may actually be a cavity growing.
- What you may encounter as annoying bad breath, may actually be a warning sign of gum disease.
- What you may see as a persistent mouth sore, may actually be oral cancer.
- What you may feel as daily tension headaches, may actually be a result of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
- What you may see as a dingy or yellowed smile, may actually be enamel erosion.
All of the latter dental health concerns need treatment. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we can address every aspect of your smile in one convenient location. We use your regular dental checkups as a time to carefully evaluate your entire mouth. We also listen to you dental-related concerns, such as sensitive teeth, gradual yellowing and bad breath. It is very important that you bring up these topics with your dentist so that we can make an accurate diagnosis and initiate treatment if necessary.
There are many serious dental problems that go unchecked – either because they don’t produce notable symptoms or because patients are too fearful to go to the dentist. Rest assured that your dental care can be comfortable and rewarding when choosing a modern-day dentist such as Dr. Gilreath. We have ways to help you relax, and we do everything we can to help you avoid worsening problems and more invasive treatments down the road. Your dental problems may be more serious than you think – let a qualified dentist find out for sure!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,