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Regular, routine dental checkups and cleanings are vital to achieving excellent oral health. Why? These visits not only help keep problems from arising, like tooth decay or gum disease, but they also allow problems to be treated while they are least invasively and least costly to resolve.

In addition, there are signs that may indicate coming in to be seen before your next scheduled appointment. As always, you can give our Don Harvey Dental team a call to see if a visit is warranted. Meanwhile, following is a list of symptoms that you should be on the lookout for:

1- If you are having abnormal pain in your mouth, face or neck area, something is off and it should be evaluated.

2- If your gums are suddenly swelling or bleeding when you brush and floss as part of your daily oral hygiene care.

3- If you have become hesitant to smile because of a lost tooth, or discoloration of your teeth, it might be time to do something about it. Teeth can be replaced or whitened to give you the confidence you need to feel good about your smile again.

4- If you are pregnant and your gums are hurting, be sure to keep all scheduled dental checkups. Hormones or acids in the mouth due to morning sickness can impact your teeth and gums during this important time.

5- If you have pain when you chew or swallow, something is definitely not right. You can come in to be seen, and meanwhile, you can protect your teeth by consuming a soft food or liquid diet until are treated.

6- If you are suddenly having a persistently dry mouth, you may have an underlying medical condition or may be experiencing a side effect of a medication which might need changing.

7- If you are feeling pain in your jaw when you open and close it, this should be addressed. Your bite should also be examined if you are hearing popping noises or feeling pain when chewing.

8- If you have unusual sores in the mouth which aren’t healing after a couple of weeks, you may need to come in. There may be a bacterial infection, or you may have a virus, fungus or disease.

Unusual activity in your mouth should not be ignored. For timely treatment, we invite you to reach out to us with your concerns by calling call 770-343-6565 for a location nearest you. Our experienced dentists are always here to help you protect your oral health.