Signs you need to visit the dentist
Whether you’re eight or 80-years old, your oral health is important. It’s recommended that you see a dentist twice a year, however, sometimes problems pop up between visits. Below you’ll find a few instances you should visit the dentist, even if you do get regular checkups.


  1. You Have Pain: Pain or swelling in the mouth, face, or neck can mean a number of things, and warrants a visit to the dentist.
  2. Your Gums Are Acting Up: If your gums are looking puffy, they’re bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, or you have a family history of gum disease, it’s time to make an appointment with your local dentist's office.
  3. You’re Had Work Done: If you’ve had fillings, crowns, dental implants, or dentures, see your dentist regularly to make sure everything is in great shape.
  4. You Have Ongoing Medical Issues: Make your dentist part of your team if you have a medical condition, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, an eating disorder, or are HIV positive. You should also see a dentist if you’re undergoing medical treatments, such as radiation, chemotherapy, or hormone replacement therapy.
  5. You’re Pregnant: It’s safe to go to the dentist while pregnant, and sometimes pregnancy can make dental problems worse, so it’s important to not miss your yearly check-up.
  6. You’re Having Trouble Eating: If you’re having difficulty chewing or swallowing, it’s not normal. Try eating soft or liquefied foods until you can see your dentist.
  7. You Have Dry Mouth: Are you always feeling thirsty? This could be a sign of a medical issue or a medication side effect and can cause dental issues. Contact your dentist to set up an appointment to talk about it.
  8. You Use Any Kind of Tobacco: From bad breath to oral cancer, cigarettes and chewing tobacco are harmful to your overall and dental health. If you’re using any of these products, remember to schedule regular check-ups to keep an eye on your oral health.
  9. You’re Having Jaw Pain: Make an appointment if your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening or closing, chewing, or when you first wake up.
  10. You Have Spots or Sores: If there’s something that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth. Your dentist will examine your mouth and can determine the next steps to take care of it.

If you’re looking for a new dentist to help you out with your smile, contact the experts at Walden Square Dental at 847-223-0110 to set up an appointment today!