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When Should You Visit a Dentist?

Most of us will visit a dentist , when tooth pain starts.

Dental pain is usually the last sign of dental problem. As many of us would have experienced, dental pain is one, which is most difficult to tolerate.

With advertisements on TV, telling you to use a certain brand of toothpaste to get relief from all sort of tooth pain, we dentist usually see a patient with condition of tooth so poor, only extraction (removal) of tooth is possible and there is no way to save the tooth.

No paste or medicine can treat a tooth pain permanently. They can give you temporary relief, which allows you certain time to schedule a visit to the dentist.

Usually the patients biggest reason to refuse to visit a dentist is because he/she thinks dental treatment will be will be painful, mostly the fear of injection. The fear coupled with lack of awareness, results in a patient reaching a dentist only when there is no more hope left to save the tooth.

Today with increased life expectancy, it is important to have a good set of teeth to give you a healthy and a good quality of life. It is all the more important to retain your original set of teeth.

So when should you go to your dentist?

You should go every year for a general check-up and just get a cleaning of your teeth and gums done, if required. It’s virtually painless. It also prevents bleeding from gums and any bad breath. If any further treatment is required your dentist can let you know then.

Remember, this just doesn’t apply for you but also for your kids. Anyone with teeth should go for yearly check-ups.

Certain signs to notice yourself:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks
  • Pain, of gum or tooth
  • Pus discharge
  • Bleeding from gums
  • Bad breath

If you have the above or any other problem of the tooth, visit your dentist immediately. If you are out of town, call your dentist and ask for guidance. Please don’t buy some medicine over the counter or refer to google. Believe me, we don’t mind helping our patients.

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