You visit your dentist every six months for a check-up, but what other times should you see your dentist? You should see your dentist if you are pregnant, about to begin cancer treatment, or experiencing a dental emergency (such as a lost or chipped tooth). But what about other times? You may have a problem in your mouth, but don’t know whether it is a real issue or not. Here are 12 problems which indicate that you should set up an appointment with your dentist, especially if these problems are severe or persistent.

  1. You have a toothache
  2. You have a dry mouth
  3. Your jaw pops and hurts when you chew
  4. You have a dental restoration which falls off or breaks
  5. You have red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  6. Your teeth feel sensitive (especially to heat or cold)
  7. You have persistent bad breathe
  8. You have sores, patches, or lesions inside your mouth
  9. You have dark spots or wear on your teeth
  10. You have difficulty swallowing or chewing
  11. You have a bad taste in your mouth
  12. Your teeth feel loose
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