A visit to the dentist may be the last thing on your to-do list, but regular visits are essential to maintaining your health. In our busy lives, we often push dental checkups to the side. However, The American Dental Association recommends that you see a dentist at least twice a year. Don't ignore the signs that tell you it's time to see the dentist. Schedule an appointment to see our dentists Dr. Annie Ha and Dr. Richard Koh at Imperial Smile Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA.
If you are still not sure that you need dental care here are 5 signs its time to see a dentist:
1. Bleeding gums
If you are experiencing bleeding gums, it could be a sign of a serious dental issue, such as an abscess or bone loss. Bleeding gums is also an initial symptom of gum disease. Gum disease affects more than half of all Americans, according to the CDC. It has also been associated with heart disease, so think of a check-up with the dentist as you would a test for heart disease.
2. Bad breath
Bad breath can be an unfortunate side effect of acid reflux or a change in diet, but it can also be another sign of gum disease. The build-up of plaque can cause bad breath and it can also cause gum disease or an infection. Regular cleaning from Dr. Koh or Dr. Ha in Yorba Linda could prevent bad breath and other dental issues.
3. Tooth sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is usually a sign of a cavity. Severe pain may occur when you drink an ice-cold beverage, which may be a sign you have a cavity and need a filling from your dentist. Tooth decay occurs when food particles, sugar, and plaque erode your tooth enamel. The bacteria will then form a hole or cavity in your tooth and may also lead to infection if left untreated.
4. You are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
Those who become pregnant may be at an increased risk of periodontal disease. This disease is the most severe form of gum disease, and your pregnancy may make treatment difficult. You should visit your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant to schedule x-rays and other procedures before the pregnancy. Imperial Smile Dentistry can provide for all of your needs, schedule an appointment to plan for your future.
5. You have not visited your dentist in over a year.
As we said earlier, seeing your dentist is often put in the back of our minds. However, a simple visit to your local dentist could clean, diagnose, and aid any dental problems you have. Not only that, but regular visits also help prevent other diseases from developing in your body.
Call Imperial Smile Dentistry today at (714) 524-3368, or visit our office in Yorba Linda, CA. Dr. Ha and Dr. Koh are waiting for you with a smile.