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Dr. Gary R. DiStefano, DDS &
Schaefer Dental Group


HOWELL, MI 48843
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5 Signs That May Mean You Need To See Your Dentist

Have you noticed pain or swelling in your mouth lately? What about in your face or neck?
Did eating sweets over the holidays leave you with an achy tooth?
Over the counter medications and home remedies aren’t always the best idea when you’re experiencing tooth pain. Often, these can be warning signs of a larger problem!
If you notice these signs when you brush, floss and take care of your teeth, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment with your dentist!
  1. General pain – Pain or swelling in your mouth, face, or neck can mean a number of things. It could be nothing, but in the event it’s something serious, it’s best to get it checked out as soon as possible.
  2. Gums acting up – If your gums are puffy, or bleed when you brush or floss, it’s time to make an appointment. If you have a family history of gum disease, it’s even more important to pay attention to soreness in your gums.
  3. You try to hide your smile – Even if your problem isn’t related to pain, talk to your dentist! Feeling self-conscious about your smile can be fixed with teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
  4. You’ve had work done – If you’ve had work done (cosmetic or otherwise) in recent months, it’s important to have regular check-ins with your dentist to make sure you’re healing properly.
  5. You have ongoing medical issues – Make sure your dentist is part of the team you trust to take care of you, just like your primary physician! Your dentist should be aware if you have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or are HIV positive, as these diseases can have affects on your mouth, teeth and gums.
The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings, checkups, and x-rays. If you need a regular appointment or want to do something specific, such as a type of cosmetic dentistry procedure, call your dentist today!
Make Seeing Your Howell Family Dentist Your New Year’s Resolution!
To schedule an appointment, please call us today at 517-546-8983! We’ve been serving the Howell area for over 30 years and want to help you on the path to a happier, healthier you in 2017. Contact us to speak to a member of our team today.
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