#8: You’ve Had Previous Dental Work
If you have existing hardware in your mouth, like fillings, crowns, bridges or dental implants, it’s important that you maintain your regular dental checkups. You may start to forget about that dental work you had a decade ago, but that’s when it becomes even more crucial to let Dr. Milewski check it for cracks, further decay and other problems.
#7: You See Spots and Sores in Your Mouth
If you’ve had a spot, sore or any other type of irregularity in your mouth that doesn’t go away after a week, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Milewski immediately. These sores could be the sign of something much more serious — like gum disease or oral cancer. Quick attention can be crucial for successful treatment.
#6: You Have Jaw Pain
If you experience pain upon opening or closing your mouth, or if your jaw sometimes feels like it locks into place, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Milewski. You could be suffering from a problem with your TMJ, one of the most important muscles in the jaw. The disorder is called TMD, and your Medina dentist can help you find relief.
#5: You Use Tobacco (Of Any Kind)
If you’re a smoker, dipper or user of tobacco in any form, you must make sure to visit your dentist regularly. Tobacco is one of the main causes of serious oral conditions, including oral cancer, gum disease and significant tooth decay. Give your dentist the chance to monitor your mouth for these and other issues at least twice a year.
#4: You’re Pregnant
You should know that it’s not only safe to visit the dentist when you’re expecting, but it’s also highly recommended. Pregnancy can affect the mouth in a number of ways: in fact, many expectant mothers develop a condition we call pregnancy gingivitis. Let your dentist make sure your mouth is in tip-top shape throughout your whole pregnancy.
#3: You Haven’t Used Up Your 2015 Benefits
If you’ve got money remaining in your flex spending or health savings account for 2015, it won’t roll over to 2016. And if you haven’t spent all the money in your annual maximum, you’ll also forfeit that. So what can you do to take advantage of the money you’re owed? Call your insurance provider and find out how much you have left for 2015, then contact us to schedule your appointment.
#2: You Try to Hide Your Smile
Are you insecure about your smile? Do you find yourself keeping your lips shut tight more than you’d like? If so, you should know that Dr. Milewski is your trusted cosmetic dentist in Medina, too. From porcelain veneers to teeth whitening and gum recontouring, we offer a number of cosmetic services to help you achieve the dazzling smile you desire.
#1: It’s Time for Your Checkup and Cleaning
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental cleaning, you should schedule your appointment with Dr. Milewski as soon as possible. Regular oral checkups are crucial to stopping tooth decay and other serious problems before they start — call us for your appointment in Medina today!