For some patients, going to the dentist isn’t always a matter of getting in the car, buckling up, and hitting the road. Many patients can come up with plenty of valid reasons for putting off their visit to the dentist.
Some patients have dental anxiety – a very real concern for hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world. Sometimes, they have no idea why they feel the way they feel. Other times – factors like drills, needles, and even the smell of the dentist’s office can set them off. And then there’s a much larger group of patients – the ones that don’t have dental insurance, who put off visiting their dentist for a much different reason.
For every type of patient, there are options to make dental care easy. Whether you get nervous about the dentist’s office or simply about affording dental care there’s always a way to help. But the key? Don’t skip the dentist. Preventative care is essential. And putting off care can only lead to trouble.
But being uncertain or even nervous about the dentist can lead to a lot of questions, so today our dentists in Garden Grove are addressing some of the most common questions and concerns that patients have.
Do I need to see the dentist even if nothing’s wrong?
Even if there’s nothing wrong with your teeth – dental visits are important because they can help identify problems as early as possible. This makes treating problems faster, easier, and less expensive. On top of this – as we discussed in a previous blog: 3 Health Problems Your Dentist Can Spot, your dentist can also help make sure the rest of you is healthy as well.
Are there any signs I need to see the dentist?
- You’re pregnant: being pregnant can influence your teeth in many subtle ways that can lead to cavity, decay, and gum disease. While life might seem really busy all of a sudden – do your best not to lose sight of your regular dental hygiene routine.
- Your teeth are sensitive: This can happen due to a number of reasons ranging from genetics and over-brushing to gingivitis.
- You have dental restorations: If you have had work done like dental implants, dentures, crowns, or fillings – it’s important to see the dentist regularly since decay and bacteria can often cling to these “additions” to your teeth.
- Your gums are bleeding when you brush: If you’re bleeding when you brush or floss (and it doesn’t go away after a few days), it could be a sign that your dentist needs to take a look at your gums.
- Your breath is bad: Do you have bad breath? Or maybe a bad taste in your mouth? It could be as simple as the need to improve your oral hygiene. You could also have a dental abscess – which is more serious.
- You have a medical condition: If you have a medical condition like diabetes, an eating disorder, or heart problems – your condition and your medications could influence your oral health. Fro