Category: Author: Taylor Dahlstedt
Just like an automobile, your mouth needs regular maintenance too. You can’t just expect your teeth to be healthy– you have to take special care of your oral health to help maintain it. So, how do you know if it’s time for a dental visit? Here are six signs it’s time to make an appointment.
Pain or swelling in your mouth, face, or neck can mean a number of things. The source of your pain may be dental decay, an injury, or an infection in your tooth. Regardless of the cause, if you have ongoing pain– it’s time to see a dentist for treatment.
If it’s been over six months since your last appointment– you’re overdue and should schedule one as soon as possible. By seeing us regularly, we can detect problems early so there’s a much greater chance of catching them before they get serious. Additionally, it’s a lot less expensive to have regular check-ups than it is to correct a problem.
When your smile is not as attractive as you’d like it to be, it can hurt your self-esteem in a big way. Fortunately, we offer a number of different cosmetic dentistry procedures that can help to enhance your smile’s appearance. If you’re unhappy with your smile, come in for a consultation and Dr. Sirin can discuss all of your options with you. We guarantee you’ll be happy with the outcome.
4.) Cavity Prevention
Even the most diligent brushers and flossers can miss spots. When plaque builds up it becomes much more difficult to remove. It solidifies and turns into tartar, which is difficult to get rid of without a professional hygienist.
Regular dental cleanings prevent tartar from eroding teeth or creating holes in them, which is how cavities are created. Cavities rarely give warning signs and might not even cause pain until your tooth is fully decayed.
5.) Periodontal Disease
Plaque and tartar buildup doesn’t just cause cavities, but it can also erode your gum tissue. This occurs when tartar buildup causes an infection where your gum meets and connects to your tooth, causing your gums to pull away from your teeth. This infection is known as gingivitis and as it progresses, it turns into periodontal (gum) disease. Eventually, your teeth can begin to fall out.
Regular check-ups are essential to catching and addressing gingivitis before it gets out of hand.
6.) Cancer Prevention
Oral cancer is an extremely serious disease that comes about in a variety of ways. Often times, oral cancer isn’t diagnosed soon enough and can quickly progress and become life-threatening. The key to this is prevention. If caught early, oral cancer is extremely treatable.
Dr. Sirin is highly trained to recognize these signs and symptoms, and with dental check-ups every six months, the likelihood of catching oral cancer in time is dramatically higher. Recognizing oral cancer in its early stages is the key to treating it successfully, and while you may not notice any problems, your dentist will.
Make an Appointment
As you can see, skipping your appointments may not seem like a big deal, but dental issues can develop and progress quickly. By keeping on top of your oral health with regular cleanings and checkups, you’re doing yourself a big favor in the long run. The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist twice a year. If it’s been over 6 months since your last appointment, request one here.
Dr. Sirin is a cosmetic dentist with a penchant for learning and desire for perfection. He’s an active member of many prominent dental associations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa Dr. Sirin moved to California when he was 10 years old. When he’s not practicing dentistry, Dr. Sirin enjoys bicycle riding around Elgin, cooking, and traveling.