4 Signs It's Time to See a Dentist

Visiting your dentist may seem like a daunting task but, really, it's just as important as visiting any doctor. Dental issues may cause systemic issues if you don't follow proper preventative measures. At Grand Dental in Sun City, AZ, Dr. Matthew Wessel, Dr. Matthew Cichowski, and Dr. Joseph Santoro can help you maintain great oral health.

So, what are those four signs?

  1. Persistent Bad Breath: Bad breath isn't an issue when it goes away after brushing. The issue is when it just doesn't go away. Bad breath is a symptom to serious dental problems, like gum disease. If you don't treat gum disease during its early stages, it progresses to periodontitis and may lead to tooth loss. So if you have persistent bad breath, be sure to visit us.

  2. Pain: It seems like an obvious reason to visit your dentist when you're in pain but a lot of people seem to think ignoring it or taking painkillers will do the trick. Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. You can be in pain for many reasons, like a serious cavity has eaten through your tooth and reached the root canal. In this case, you'll need a root canal, or bacteria will continue eating away at your tooth.

  3. Extremely Yellow/Stained Teeth: If you're too embarrassed to smile because of severely yellowed teeth that aren't cleared up with toothpaste or mouthwash, then you probably need a professional dental cleaning and/or a teeth whitening treatment. Removing stains is important for your self-esteem for sure but it's also important for your health. Plaque buildup and dental deterioration due to smoking or chewing tobacco only hurt your oral health, so be sure to visit your Sun City dentist if you have severely stained teeth.

  4. Loose and/or Knocked Out Tooth: An accident or sports injury may have resulted in a loose or missing tooth. Either way, you need to visit your dentist right away. If it's a knocked out tooth and you have the tooth, carefully rinse it and gently put it back in its socket until you see our dentist.

Want to hear more?

If you'd like to learn more about what signs to keep an eye out for, call Dr. Matthew Wessel, Dr. Matthew Cichowski, and Dr. Joseph Santoro of Grand Dental in Sun City, AZ, at (623) 972-2156 today.

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