If you are like most people, you will see your dentist every six months for your regular cleaning and exam. Or at least you should. But it is important to remember that six months is a good guideline for your dental visits, as long as all other things are equal. Depending on your age, and your oral health, the dentist may want to see you more often to monitor your condition or the healing process after a procedure. So, don’t hold fast to the six-month rule.
Our dentist, Dr. Eli J. Lawrence will want to see you any time you notice any kind of change in your mouth or your teeth. These changes include the color and texture of your teeth or soft tissues. If you notice a bad odor or taste in your mouth which you can’t attribute to a recent meal or drink those may be indicators of a problem that needs the attention of the dentist. If you notice blood on your toothpaste or dental floss, or when you eat hard or tough foods, your dentist needs to know. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong, and of your mouth or teeth are sending you those kinds of signals, you should signal your dentist that it is time for an appointment.
Not only should you talk with your dentist when something goes wrong or seems out of place with your mouth, but you should also let your dentist know about your other health issues. Your oral health is connected to your general health more closely than you may think, and what affects one can easily affect the other. If you have been diagnosed with a disease or a condition, you should let your dentist know. For example, diabetes can affect your oral health. If you start chemotherapy or radiation treatments for your head or neck, you should talk with your dentist. Certain medications can affect your oral health or cause dental conditions, and any time that you change or alter your medication, and this includes the use of vitamins or supplements, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist. If you are pregnant or starting menopause, you need to plan a visit to our office. In fact, does your dentist have the name and number of your primary care physician and vice-versa? The two of them may need to talk from time to time, to make sure that your mouth and your body are both receiving the care that they need.
In a nutshell, anytime you experience any kind of change in your dental or medical situation, it is time to give your dentist a heads-up. If it you are a concerned about a change in your mouth or teeth, or if it is just time for a checkup in Chicago, Illinois, we will be happy to see you at Eli Lawrence, DDS. To schedule a visit, give us a call at 312-236-9895 today and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.