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There’s an old joke that goes like this,

“When is the best time to see the dentist?”
The answer is obvious! “2:30 (tooth hurt-y!), of course!”

That joke is a groaner and is most certainly not true. In order to guard against having to see the dentist because your tooth is “hurt-y,” it’s extra important to schedule visits on a regular basis, and twice per year is the recommended interval for maintaining your best possible oral health.

When you visit the dentist at least every six months, your dental team has the opportunity to:

– Assess the condition of your general oral health.
– Detect any gum disease or tooth decay in its earliest stages, when it will be easier to treat and your cost will be less.
– Screen for oral cancer and other whole body, or systemic, diseases whose symptoms may appear first in your mouth.
– Remove the buildup of plaque & tartar from your teeth that you may have missed while brushing and flossing at home.
– Coach you in developing good oral healthcare habits that you can practice at home during the time between visits to the dental office.

Unfortunately, dental emergencies sometimes arise as well, and it’s always best to telephone for an appointment sooner rather than later. Waiting awhile to see if the pain will get better or go away completely may only give whatever is the cause of your pain an opportunity to get much worse than when it first began. It’s always a wise choice to call your dentist any time you notice a change in your mouth, whether or not there is pain involved. If you notice a change in the color of your teeth or gums or if you develop a bad taste or odor, an exam in the dental office can determine if there is something to be concerned about and put your mind at ease if all is well. Always, always, call immediately if a tooth is knocked out or broken.

Because your dental health and your overall health are closely connected, it’s important for you to keep your dentist advised of changes in your health status. Please let us know if you are diagnosed with diabetes or if you experience ringing your ears or persistent headaches. You should update your health history information in our office if you are taking new medications or if your primary healthcare provider has changed. It’s also a good idea to have a checkup with your dentist if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant in the near future. Changes in hormones can create a challenge for maintaining your teeth and gums during pregnancy, so let us help you keep your mouth healthy during this important time!

If it’s time to see your dentist for a cleaning and exam or if you have dental pain that you’ve been putting off, we can help! Call 719-598-3502 today to make an appointment at Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs, Colorado.