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You no doubt plan to see the dentist as soon as possible if you have a throbbing toothache or suffered some tooth damage from a fall or accident, as it’s very important to you to receive treatment. However, dental emergencies are only one reason for a dental visit, and you should also have regular dental appointments to prevent issues from occurring. We offer a list of minor dental emergencies that merit a trip to the dentist before they become a true dental problem.

We encourage you to visit our office every six months for routine dental care such as a dental cleaning and exam so that we can prevent and address any signs of gum disease, cavities and oral damage or cancer. However, certain conditions may require you to visit the dentist more often.

The following minor dental emergency conditions are reasons to see the dentist even if you are not due for a dental visit:

– Altered tooth color or texture, as well as changes in the look or feel of your oral tissues and tongue
– Gums that feel tender and inflamed or bleed frequently from brushing and flossing
– Bad breath odor or a bad taste that doesn’t go away
– Changes in the bite that affect its feel or appearance, such as the teeth shifting their positions
– Changes in your general health, such as a new illness or medical diagnosis or receiving changes to your prescription medication
– Updates to your medical record

You can largely prevent severe oral issues and dental emergencies by receiving timely treatment. We encourage you to contact our office at 586-296-1140 today to arrange your next routine dental appointment in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and speak with Dr. Konopka about any oral health concerns you have.