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When should you call your dentist?

Updated: Feb 26, 2023

There are several situations in which you should call your dentist to schedule an appointment. Here are some common examples:

  1. Tooth pain: If you are experiencing persistent or severe tooth pain, it could be a sign of an underlying issue such as a cavity, infection, or abscess. It is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to diagnose and treat the problem.

  2. Bleeding gums: If your gums are bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, it could be a sign of gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. Your dentist can evaluate the extent of the gum disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.

  3. Loose or broken teeth: If you have a loose or broken tooth, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. A loose tooth can be a sign of gum disease or injury, while a broken tooth can be a sign of decay or trauma. Your dentist can determine the cause and recommend the appropriate treatment.

  4. Dental abscess: If you have a painful, swollen area on your gums or near a tooth, it could be a sign of a dental abscess. This is a serious infection that can spread to other parts of your body if left untreated. You should call your dentist immediately to schedule an appointment.

  5. Oral sores or lesions: If you have any sores or lesions in your mouth that do not heal within a week or two, you should see your dentist. They can determine the cause of the sore and recommend the appropriate treatment, which may include medication or further testing.

In summary, you should call your dentist if you are experiencing tooth pain, bleeding gums, loose or broken teeth, dental abscess, or oral sores or lesions. These are all signs of underlying dental problems that require prompt attention and treatment.

If you would like to speak with Dr Caitlin Kovalak, please call us today at 616-842-1562.

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