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15 Signs You Should See A Dentist

signs you should see a dentist
Published By Dr. Rachel Hall at 13 January, 2014

These Signs Mean You Need To See A Dentist

The warning signs that show you need to see a dentist. When should you see the dentist – if you have any of these conditions or signs?

Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important.

Did you know that 50% of Australians fail to see a dentist each year, even though regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease and improve your health?

If you are putting off that dental visit or not sure if you need to see a dentist read on.


15 signs you should see a dentist:

  1. Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
  2. Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  3. You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, bridgework etc.
  4. You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  5. You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  6. You are pregnant
  7. You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  8. You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  9. You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  10. You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  11. Your mouth is often dry
  12. You smoke or use other tobacco products or drink alcohol
  13. You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  14. Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  15. You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.

Do I still need to go to the dentist if I have no problems?

Even if you don’t have any symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose.

Regular dental visits will also help prevent problems from developing.

Continuity of care is an important part of any health plan and dental health is no exception.

Keeping your mouth healthy is essential for your overall health. It’s also important to keep your dentist informed of any changes in your overall health since many medical conditions can affect your oral health too.


Why do regular dental visits matter?

Regular dental visits are important because as a dentist I can help spot oral health problems early on when treatment is likely to be simpler and more affordable.

I can also work with you to help prevent many oral problems from developing in the first place.

Visiting the dentist regularly is also important because some diseases or medical conditions, like diabetes, have symptoms that can appear in the mouth.


How often do I have to go to the dentist?

There is no one-size-fits-all dental treatment and that is why I always provide care based on your individual needs and situation. Some people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year; others may need more visits.

You are a unique individual, with a unique smile and unique needs when it comes to keeping your smile healthy and my goal is to work with you so that you can have a beautiful looking smile and great oral health for life.

If it has been more than 6 months since you last dental visit or you have any of the signs listed above call us today.


  • Dr. Rachel Hall

    Dr. Rachel Hall

    Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 25 years experience, practicing holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.

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