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3 Signs You Need to Visit the Dentist

Unfortunately, there is no denying that going to a Chesterfield dentist is going to take some time out of your day, but sometimes it’s an absolute necessity. Moreover, taking the time to address a problem early by visiting your dentist will actually save you far more time in the long term than it takes to simply make an appointment in the first place.

Even so, you may not be sure whether or not it’s necessary to go see your Chesterfield dentist. And we’re here to help, so keep reading to learn about the signs that it’s time for you to pay a visit to your dentist’s office.

Your Teeth, Gums, or Mouth Are in Persistent Pain or Discomfort

If you feel a little bit of temporary discomfort or tenderness once or twice while eating over the course of two months, you probably don’t have an urgent need to see the dentist. However, if you have any kind of discomfort or pain that won’t go away or does go away and then comes back, you need to see a dentist. Persistent pain or discomfort may get significantly worse and it could be a sign of a serious issue, so it’s best to have a professional examine you.

Your Last Visit to the Dentist was More than Six Months Ago

Generally speaking, you should be going to the dentist every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning. Not only does this keep your teeth clean and healthy, but it also helps your Chesterfield dentist spot and treat any small problems that could become bigger issues. So, if the last time you went to the dentist was more than six months ago, come in for a visit.

Your Tooth (or Teeth) Have Cracked, Fallen Out, or Otherwise Been Damaged

If your tooth has a serious fracture or it’s fallen out, you should definitely get to the dentist as soon as possible. They can treat you so the effects of your cracked or missing teeth are mitigated. Often times, a quick visit to the dentist after a tooth is damaged can help save the tooth. And if the tooth can’t be saved, your dentist can prescribe a quick course of action to avoid any further damage.

After all, ignoring a missing tooth can cause other problems like uneven spacing which becomes hard to treat over time.

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