Basic Dental Care
When To Call a Doctor
Make an appointment with your dentist:
- For regular cleanings and exams. Most dentists recommend a visit every 6 months, but people who are at low risk for dental problems may need only yearly exams.
- If your gums bleed when you press on them or bleed often when you brush your teeth.
- If your teeth are loose or moving apart, or if there are changes in the way your teeth fit together.
- If your gums are very red, swollen, or tender, or if pus is present.
- If your gums pull or shrink away from the teeth.
- If you have a toothache. Use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, to help relieve the pain before you visit the dentist. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 because of the risk of Reference Reye syndrome Opens New Window.
- If you lose a filling.
- If you have an injury to the face, jaws, or teeth.
- If a sore in your mouth lasts more than 2 weeks.
- If you have bad breath that does not go away.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 19, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry