When to Visit Your Dental Clinic

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Visiting your dentist regularly is vital for your overall oral health and to keep your teeth and gums in good condition while reducing your risk of tooth loss. However, if you're like many adults, you don't have a regular family dentist whom you visit and may need to simply stop by a dental clinic as the need arises. If you're not making regular appointments with a dentist, note a few times when you should definitely plan on visiting the dental clinic for a checkup and treatment.

Enamel erosion

You may look at your two front teeth in the mirror and notice that they seem thin or not as white as the other teeth, especially near the bottom of those teeth. This often means that you have enamel erosion on those teeth, and this can be very dangerous. This enamel protects your teeth from chipping and breakage. Having enamel erosion on some teeth can also mean that you may be eating acidic foods that are causing cavities on other teeth or you may be genetically predisposed to have enamel erosion. In any case, visit a dental clinic to have those teeth coated with a substance to protect them and have your other teeth checked for cavities and damage.

Loose teeth

Your teeth should never feel loose to you, but if you're missing one tooth, teeth in the surrounding areas may come loose because they don't have necessary support. You may also notice a tooth is loose because the gums are not strong enough to keep it in place. Don't assume the tooth will simply get stronger over time if you leave it alone, but have it checked and have the gums checked for damage and decay that may need intervention.

Severe bad breath

Virtually everyone has bad breath in the morning and after eating when saliva and food particles get stuck to teeth and sit there over time, causing a bad odour because of the bacteria they hold in place. However, if you seem to notice that you have severe bad breath or recurring bad breath beyond what you might consider normal, it's good to have this checked out. Severe bad breath can be a sign of tooth decay, gum disease, an oral infection or tonsillitis. Don't try to simply cover this odour with gum or mouthwashes, but have your teeth examined and discuss your concerns with a dentist.

For more information on oral health, talk with a professional from a clinic like Care Dental.