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Maintaining optimum oral health means daily oral hygiene care at home and visiting your dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups. This allows you to help prevent potential oral issues like tooth decay and gum disease, but it also lets us treat problems while they are least invasive and most economical to resolve.

Still, there are times you may need to see your dentist between checkups. Today we are going to review signs that indicate a problem which needs to be addressed for timely treatment. If you have any of the following symptoms, please call our Pax Dental team to see if you should come in:

#1 Experiencing unusual pain in your mouth, face or neck areas.

#2 Having sudden swelling or bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth and gumline areas. This may indicate inflammation/infection.

#3- If you are pregnant, and you are experiencing morning sickness or sensitive gums from hormonal fluctuations, you won’t want to skip a scheduled cleaning! We will be checking your gums for inflammation and tooth enamel for acid erosion.

#4- Experiencing pain when you chew or swallow. Until the problem is treated, you may need to consume soft foods or liquids.

#5- Chronic dry mouth, which may indicate an underlying medical condition or side effect from taking a medication.

#6- Having jaw pain when you open and close your mouth or chew food.

#7- Sores in the mouth that don’t heal after a couple of weeks may need treatment. They might indicate a bacterial infection, a virus, fungus or disease.

Abnormal oral symptoms should be checked, particularly if they persist. If you have any oral health concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out by calling 301-863-8822 in Lexington Park, Maryland. Our dentist, Dr. Jenny Hawkins, is happy to help you receive the quality care you deserve!