Let’s be honest with each other. We both know going to the dentist isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite activity. In fact, most of us tend to put off going to the dentist as long as possible, but unfortunately, postponing a visit isn’t likely to make dental problems go away any time soon.
Like any other medical issue, waiting to get treatment for dental problems will often make them much worse. Here’s the good news, though – going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a negative experience. At Dr. Q Dental in Monrovia, we pride ourselves in not only providing quality dental care but making sure you feel comfortable and at home from the moment you walk in the door.
Signs It’s Time to See Your Dentist
Dentists usually recommend that you visit twice a year for regular checkups, but there are a number of issues that may require more immediate attention. Here are some of the most common signs that it’s time to see your dentist:
- Toothache – We all get temporary aches and pains from time to time, but persistent or recurring toothaches could be a sign of a more serious problem. Especially if your toothache is accompanied by a fever, you should call us right away.
- Gum problems – Swollen, painful, and bleeding gums can be beginning signs of gingivitis or other gum diseases. Left untreated, these can lead to tooth decay and loss so it’s important to address them early on.
- Sore jaw – A sore jaw could be a sign of temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), an inflammation of the joint in your jaw that can cause clicking and popping, difficulty chewing, and even difficulty speaking. Headaches are another symptom of this issue.
- Hot and cold sensitivity – Tooth decay eats away and the protective enamel on your teeth, exposing the root and blood vessels. Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in your mouth could be a sign of diminished enamel that can lead to other problems if not treated.
Don’t keep putting off the dental care you need. At Dr. Q Dental, your comfort is our number one concern, so come, sit back, relax, and let us show you why most of our business is referred from people just like you.