When it comes to visiting the dentist, many of our patients know they should see us twice a year for annual cleanings, schedule regular appointments for their children, and make other necessary dental procedures, such as wisdom teeth exaction. Despite obvious signs of dental problems, such as tooth pain or sensitivity, there are many unexpected reasons you should visit the dentist. Today we’re discussing some of the conditions and circumstances that should prompt you to schedule a dentist appointment.
1. You’re pregnant
Pregnancy requires extra attention to be paid to your body and your baby. For many mothers, this means regular doctor’s appointments, added supplements, and avoiding certain foods, tobacco, and alcohol. You may not know that pregnancy doesn’t just cause changes in your body, but it can also create changes in your oral health. Hormonal changes can lead to pregnancy-related gingivitis, while other scenarios in pregnancy, such as morning sickness, can also lead to additional damage to your teeth. If you’re pregnant, you may visit your dentist more regularly than you would otherwise. For more information about dentist visits during pregnancy, check out our blog: Top Tips for Dental Care During Pregnancy.
2. You’ve recently quit tobacco products
One of the best ways to promote dental health is by avoiding tobacco products or quitting them if you currently smoke or chew tobacco. If you’ve recently quit smoking or chewing tobacco, you’ve taken the first step towards improving your dental health, but visiting a dentist is the next logical step. At Ashley Dental Associates, Dr. Matt or Dr. Syd can analyze the current state of your teeth and gums and then help you form a plan to optimize your oral health.
3. You’re diabetic
Diabetes correlates with higher rates of gingivitis and periodontal disease due to high glucose levels in the blood. More specifically, gum disease can also take longer to heal and may be more severe when the patient has diabetes. Inversely, developing gum disease can make blood glucose levels even more difficult to control. A dentist can help you get on the right track regarding dental hygiene and certain lifestyle choices.
4. You’ve been diagnosed with acid reflux
Acid reflux is a condition that affects the stomach but can also lead to dental health problems and damaged enamel. When left untreated, acid reflux can lead to tooth erosion and loss. Visiting a dentist can help save your teeth and prevent excessive tooth damage.
5. You wake up with frequent headaches
Headaches are commonly accepted as a normal occurrence, but if you’re waking up with regular headaches, it could be a sign that you’re clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep. A dentist can offer solutions, like a mouthguard, to help relieve headaches and prevent excessive damage to your teeth.
Contact Ashley Dental Associates
At Ashley Dental Associates in North Charleston, we treat our patients like family. Many dental problems aren’t immediately apparent, and we’re here to help you get the treatment and information you need. We are always here to offer tips and information and make recommendations for your dental needs. Schedule an appointment at Ashley Dental Associates by calling us at (843) 767-2600.