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Wondering if you might be due for another check-up at the dentist? If you meet any of the following criteria, be sure to schedule your next appointment as soon as possible!

1. When your teeth are hypersensitive…

Hypersensitivity to heat and cold can be a warning sign from your teeth. It could potentially be a symptom of tooth decay or even a result of gum disease. So if you struggle to eat hot or cold foods, be sure to make your next appointment!

2. When your gums bleed from flossing…

Your gums should never bleed as a result of flossing or brushing. If you notice blood after your normal dental hygiene routine, this is a typical sign of gingivitis—an infection of the gums. This is the earliest stage of gum disease, and should be treated as soon as possible.

3. When you often hide your smile…

If you aren’t confident in your smile, you don’t have to simply deal with it! Your dentist can help. Whether you need an orthodontic device or a teeth whitening treatment, discuss the issue with your dentist to learn how you could boost your smile, and your confidence!

4. When you’re pregnant…

You may be surprised to learn that it is critical to schedule a dentist appointment when you’re pregnant! Women often experience oral health issues during their pregnancy—from tooth decay as a result of morning sickness to pregnancy gingivitis. Issues like pregnancy gingivitis can cause complications like premature birth, so make sure you check in with your dentist as soon as possible to let them know you’re expecting!

5. When your jaw hurts each morning…

If your jaw hurts each morning, you could be grinding your teeth in your sleep! This can cause issues like TMJ problems or even fractures in your tooth enamel. Thankfully, depending on the cause of your particular oral health issue, this can be treated by your dentist.

6. When you are having trouble swallowing…

Do you often experience difficulty swallowing as a result of dry mouth? This actually affects 10% of people as a result of one’s salivary glands not producing enough saliva. Your dentist will be able to help you prevent complications that come from this oral health issue, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

7. When your family has a history of gum disease…

There are a number of factors that can place you at higher risk for gum disease. One such factor is your family history. That said, gum disease is a progressive illness, so the earlier you catch it, the better. Therefore, if you have a family history of this oral health issue, it is important that you visit your dentist every six months for a check-up.

8. When you haven’t visited your dentist in six months…

General rule of thumb: you should visit your dentist at least once every six months. By receiving regular cleanings and oral health screenings, your dentist will be able to help you diagnose, treat, and prevent a variety of oral health issues.

To schedule your next dentist appointment, call Downtown Dental in River North or the Loop today!