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If you wake up in the middle of the night with a throbbing toothache, or if a fall or accident causes you to lose or break a tooth, then a visit to the dentist is probably right at the top of your mind. But an emergency should not be the only time that you visit the dentist. In fact, regular appointments at your dentist’s office could keep small problems from becoming emergencies later, and keep your teeth and mouth health and able to withstand some potential issues.

Ideally, you should plan a dental visit every six months. During that time, your dentist will clean your teeth and check your teeth and mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, dental erosion and oral cancer. While people usually see the dentist every six months, your dentist may want to see you more frequently depending on your oral health. If you notice any change in the color or texture of any part of your mouth or your teeth, you should make an appointment to see the dentist. If our teeth bleed when you brush or floss, or if you notice an odor or bad taste in your mouth, you need to call the dentist. If your teeth suddenly seem to be out of alignment, or your bite changes, your dentist needs to know. If you are diagnosed with an illness, disease or condition, you are given a new prescription or your prescription changes, you should talk with your dentist.

Don’t wait until you have a problem or an emergency to call the dentist. If it is time for your routine appointment, or you are in search of a family dentist, we would love to see you at Dobry Dental. If you live in the Clinton Township, Michigan area, you can call 586-286-0790 to plan your visit with Dr. John Dobry.