You might be looking into gym memberships for the New Year, but do you have any oral health resolutions? We encourage you to make and keep preventive care appointments every six months for a start.
The beginning of a new year is also a great time to take stock of your overall oral health. Perhaps you’re finally ready to refresh that smile with cosmetic dentistry, like porcelain veneers or tooth whitening.
The most important thing is to examine the wellness of your smile to determine if action must be taken to address potential or growing problems. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to make an appointment with your dentist and start figuring out what changes need to be made:
- Are your teeth sensitive to hot or cold?
- Do you have difficulty chewing?
- Do you avoid eating certain foods because you worry about your losing your teeth?
- Do you suffer from persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth?
- Do you often experience a dry mouth?
- Are you constantly trying to hide unsightly fillings or crowns?
- Are you dissatisfied with your unpredictable and impermanent dentures?
- Do you have jaw pain when chewing or opening and closing your mouth?
- Do you have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay?
- Are you dissatisfied with the look of your smile or some of your teeth?
Answering “yes” to any of these questions means you’re enduring painful or uncomfortable symptoms in your teeth and gums. And no one needs to suffer with such discomfort. Most importantly, your overall well-being could be in jeopardy because of your oral health. Certain dental problems can lead to serious infection, decay, or inflammation.
It’s a new year. Instead of staying dormant, get active – make your appointment with our Philadelphia dental office and change your life with a new smile. Visit Dr. Ken Cirka to discuss your oral health.