We get it: going to the dentist isn’t always at the top of your list of things to do, but your teeth may be telling you it’s time to see a dentist. Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner offers comprehensive dentistry for all ages, ranging from routine cleanings to complex cosmetic concerns. So how do you know when it’s time to see a dentist?
1. It has been a while since your last exam
Most dentists recommend that you have regular dental examinations every six months. These routine appointments allow them to check for cavities, remove hardened plaque from teeth, and resolve any minor issues before they become major ones. If you haven’t seen a dentist in over 6 months, it might be time to schedule an appointment.
2. You feel pain in your mouth
Pain is the body’s way of letting you know when something is wrong. Pain when you chew is not normal, and could be a warning of a problem in the teeth or jaw bone. It’s important not to let mouth pain go untreated, because many dental problems can lead to or indicate problems in other parts of the body.
3. You have a constant bad taste in your mouth
If you have a constant bad taste in your mouth and, even after brushing, it just won’t go away you may have advanced tooth decay. Oral bacteria produce foul-smelling waste when they digest the plaque in our mouths. This waste causes bad breath and can give you a bad taste in your mouth. Tooth decay needs to be resolved in its early stages to avoid gingivitis, infection, or even tooth loss.
4. You feel a tingling sensation when you eat sweet food or brush your teeth
Cavities don’t always cause pain right away. Sometimes the first sign of a cavity is a sensitivity to temperature or sweet food. If you feel a tingling sensation when eating sweet food or brushing your teeth, schedule a dental appointment because it could have a cavity.
5. Your teeth are discolored
If your teeth are significantly discolored or have yellow deposits along the gum line, you should schedule a dental examination. Discolored teeth can be a sign of an issue inside the teeth, but it also happens naturally over time as we eat certain foods with high pigmentation or artificial coloring. Yellow deposits along the gum line are hardened plaque, also known as tartar, that needs to be removed to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.
6. You have cosmetic dentistry questions
Have you been wondering about cosmetic procedures to whiten teeth, replace damaged or missing teeth or correct crooked teeth? Your dentist can answer any questions you have about your cosmetic goals and help you to design a unique treatment plan to restore your smile.
7. You are missing one or more teeth
Tooth loss can happen for many reasons and is not necessarily because of poor oral hygiene. Regardless of the reason, missing teeth should be replaced as early as possible to preserve your oral health. Your dentist can review with you tooth replacement options such as implants, bridges, or even dentures.
Columbia, SC Dental Care
Dr. Trinkner’s practice offers comprehensive, affordable, and experienced dental care to patients of all ages. We can help keep your smile healthy with customized treatment plans based on your unique dental goals and needs. To consult with Dr. Trinkner, schedule a consultation online or call us at 803-400-8729 today!