Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
Visiting the dentist is one of the most important parts of your self-care routine, and without it, you can develop nasty problems that go undetected for years before displaying themselves. The last thing you want is a cavity, root canal or dentures inserted when they could have been prevented. Your mouth and teeth will always give you hints when they are not being taken care of as well as they should be, but for those not in the know, it can be hard to interpret them. Here are three signs you don't visit the dentist enough and should schedule an appointment ASAP.
While gingivitis on its own doesn't necessarily warrant visiting the dentist, it is a sign that you should be more proactive about your oral health. Gingivitis is an infection of the gums that can be cleaned up relatively easily just by brushing the teeth and flossing regularly. If you do get gingivitis, odds are that you have been a bit too relaxed in your oral care. If you leave gingivitis too long, it can get very bad for your gums and the damage may be irreversible. If you spot blood in your spit when you brush your teeth, visit a dentist and get your gingivitis sorted out.
If you have any damaged teeth, no matter when it was from or how bad it is, you should always go and get them looked at by a dentist to ensure that nothing serious happened. If a chip is bad enough, it can weaken the protection for the pulp inside the tooth, which is what can be really painful. Many people carry on with chipped teeth, especially if it doesn't feel too different, but that is a big mistake. Get your tooth looked at, get it stabilised if need be and then feel confident biting into your next meal.
When the protective layer on your teeth gets worn away, it can lead to staining, which many adults find themselves with and realise all too late that they haven't taken care of their teeth well enough. These stains can be dark yellow, black or even white, but they will always be uneven and quite unattractive to look at. Luckily, these can be fixed with the proper care from your dentist, but it is a good sign that you should be visiting them more regularly in the future so this doesn't happen again.
Make an appointment with a dentist in your area if you notice any of these signs.