7 Signs you need to schedule a dental appointment

Life events and a busy schedule can cause preventive health care to fall by the wayside. Then a painful symptom reminds you it’s been a while since your last checkup. It’s tempting to put off seemingly minor dental issues until your schedule lightens up. But the warning signs below shouldn’t be taken lightly. This is especially true if you’re managing a chronic condition, like diabetes. Oral health should not be neglected.

Here are seven signs that you need to see a dentist.

Pain when eating
Difficulty chewing or swallowing is not normal and could mean you have an infection. Try eating soft foods and liquids like soup, until you can see your dentist.

You have swelling
Swelling in your mouth, face or neck can mean something is wrong with your oral health or jaw.

Your gums are causing problems
If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, are swollen and tender, or you have a family history of gum disease, it’s time to make an appointment.

You hide your smile
If you’re self-conscious about grey or black teeth or have a missing tooth then it’s time to see your dentist.

You’ve had work done
If you have fillings, crowns, dental implants or dentures, see your dentist regularly to make sure everything is in great shape.

You have ongoing medical issues
If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or an eating disorder, or you are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy, you should schedule regular appointments with your dentist.

You’re pregnant
Oral health should be part of your routine doctor visits if you are pregnant because pregnancy can make women more prone to periodontal disease and cavities during those nine months.

If you experience any of these, schedule an appointment with your dentist.


Sedation and Implant Dentists offer trusted, comprehensive dental care from one convenient location in Los Angeles County. Our dentists engage in ongoing continuing education to provide patients with the latest advances in dentistry including modern dental implant solutions, custom crowns and bridges and transformative 3D technology.



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by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 46 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants including for Noris Medical, Nobel, Neodent, LVI Global and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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