In order to maintain the health of your teeth, gums and tongue, it’s important that you visit your dentist on a regular basis. The first dental visit should take place within six months of a child getting his or her first tooth, but prior to the first birthday.
Seeing your dentist every six months is an integral part of dental health. During these visits, the dentist or oral hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth that your toothbrush may have missed. This will also give the dentist the opportunity to check your teeth and mouth for issues such as tooth decay, dental erosion, oral cancer, and gum disease.
You should not wait for a dental emergency to see the dentist. In fact, regular dental visits will enable your dentist to find and fix small problems before they evolve into emergencies. That having been said, if you lose a or damage a tooth or develop a toothache, you need to contact your dentist right away.
It is a good idea to visit your dentist before you become pregnant. The second trimester of your pregnancy is considered the idea time for non-emergency procedures. But, a if you are trying to have a baby, you should see your dentist for a checkup. You should also inform your dentist if you have been diagnosed with a disease or another medical condition. If you are starting a new medication, or if your prescription has been changed, you should contact your dentist’s office.
Finally, any time you notice a change in the color, texture or even the sensations in your teeth or mouth, or if you notice blood when you brush and floss, you should make an appointment to see your dentist.
At Carey Dentistry in Houston, Texas we will be happy to help if you have a dental emergency, or if it is just time for your routine cleaning and exam. If you live in the Houston, Texas area, call 281-859-5637 to schedule a visit with Dr. Deborah Carey.