We all know if you have bleeding gums or tooth pain or it is time for your six month regular check up you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. But what are some other signs or symptoms you may have that signal it ‘s time for a dentist visit. Here are a few to consider…

Tobacco Use

If you smoke or chew tobacco, you could experience anything from bad breath to oral cancer. Talk to your dentist or doctor and come up with a plan to stop smoking or chewing and help protect your mouth and body from further damage. The dentist can check your full mouth with a cancer screening that provides the dentist an aid in visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities, such as oral cancer and pre-cancer. This will help you create a plan of action to achieve a happy healthy mouth.


Patients with both Type I and Type II diabetes have a higher occurrence of gingivitis and periodontists than those without. Research suggests that treating gum disease can help improve blood sugar control in patients living with diabetes, decreasing the progression of the disease. Practicing good oral hygiene and having professional deep cleanings done by your dentist can help to lower your HbA1c.


If you go to sleep feeling well, but are waking with headaches, you could be unknowingly grinding or clenching your teeth at night. Hearing pops or feeling pain when opening or closing your mouth, chewing or when you first wake up is a sign that something maybe wrong with your jaw. jaw misalignment, TMJ (a type of temporomandibular disorder), or grinding can all be discussed at your dentist visit.


Plan a visit to the dentist in your first or second trimester. Morning sickness can erode the enamel on your teeth and cause problems with your gums. A major shift in hormone levels can crate changes to your oral health. Many pregnant women have red swollen gums or even bleeding when brushing. This is nothing to be alarmed about just keep up your good dental habits and see your dentist on a regular basis..

Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and aid reflux can cause stomach acids to climb up the esophagus, sometimes as fare as your mouth. GERD can cause dry mouth, which intensifies dental bacteria and plaque and can lead to an increase in cavities and decay. The following are some dental problems that can occur from acid re flux or its treatment: Loss of tooth enamel due to stomach acids that bathe the teeth regularly. Seeing your dentist can allow you to create an action plan to limit damage and even save teeth.

Bad Taste In Your Mouth

An odor or bad taste that doesn’t go away, even after brushing, can be a sign of more serious condition, such as a saliva gland infection where antibiotics may be used to treat a bacterial infection. Frequent bad breath can also be caused by dry mouth. Your dentist can advise you based on your lifestyle and offer some solutions.

Ongoing Medical Issues

Our teeth can be affected by chronic medical issues and treatment. Your dentist can help you take care of your teeth by making recommendations specific to your medical condition.

Even if you don’t have symptoms, regular checkups are important to help prevent, identify and treat problems before they become more advanced. This list is not all inclusive, so any time you have a concern with your mouth, teeth , jaw, or gums a dentist visit should be your fires stop.

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.