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12 Signs You Need to See a Dentist

1 . You have pain. Pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck can mean a number of things.

2. If your gums are acting up. If your gums are puffy, they bleed when you brush or floss, or you have a family history of gum disease, it’s time to make an appointment.

Photo of teeth and gum showing gum disease

3. You try to hide your smile. Whether you’re self-conscious about a missing tooth or hoping for a brighter smile, don’t be shy about talking to your dentist.

4. If you have had work done. If you have fillingscrownsdental implants or dentures, see your dentist regularly to make sure everything is in great shape.

5. You have ongoing medical issues. Make your dentist part of your team if you have a medical condition (such as diabetescardiovascular diseaseeating disorders or are HIV positive), or you are undergoing medical treatment (such as radiationchemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy).

6. You’re pregnant. It’s safe to go to the dentist while pregnant. In fact, pregnancy can make some dental problems worse, so don’t miss your regular checkup.

7. You’re having trouble eating. Difficulty chewing or swallowing is not the norm. Try eating soft or liquified foods until you can see your dentist.

8. You have dry mouth. Always feeling parched could be the sign of a medical issue or a medication side effect.

9. You use any kind or type of tobacco. From bad breath to oral cancercigarettes and chewing tobacco are harmful to your overall and dental health.

10. You’re having jaw pain. Make an appointment if your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up. See a dentist also if you have an uneven bite.

Diagram of jaw bone and joint

11. Your mouth has spots and sores. f there’s something that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth, your dentist should examine any mouth sore that lasts a week or longer. Types of mouth sores include canker sorescold soresleukoplakiaand candidiasis. They vary in their severity and causes. Mouth sores could be the symptom of a disease or disorder; infection from bacteria, viruses or fungus or result from irritation caused by braces, dentures or the sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling.

Photo of a sore on bottom of tongue

12. It’s time for your check up. Even if you don’t have any symptoms, checkups are important because they can help prevent problems from developing and treat existing symptoms before they become more advanced.

To learn more visit www.mouthhealthy.org

 

Give Kids A Smile

GKAS care with ADA Foundation grant

August 15, 2018

Give Kids A Smile logo

Dr. Alex has organized and chaired the past two Dental Clinics hosted by the Junior Service League of Americus. The JSL Dental Clinic provides free screenings to the children in grades five year old kindergarten and third grade at the local public schools, which include Sumter County Primary School, Sumter County Elementary School and Furlow Charter School. Thanks to the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Program this event is possible. Continue to read more about this program from information found on the ADA website below.

Give Kids A Smile program coordinators can apply for an ADA Foundation grant that helps provide continuity of care to underserved children after their organization’s initial GKAS event.

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for its Give Kids A Smile Continuity of Care Grants program between Aug. 31 and Nov. 5. The grants offer financial assistance only to IRS 501(c) (3) organizations that have registered through the Foundation’s GKAS sign-up system to conduct a GKAS event in 2019.

The Foundation will award up to a total of $50,000 in GKAS Continuity of Care Grants in 2019. Each grant awarded will provide funding not to exceed $15,000. Grant funds must be used to provide oral health care to children from underserved communities who attended the grantee organization’s initial GKAS event but did not have their treatment needs completed at that time.

The Foundation defines continuity of care as the ongoing relationship between the dentist who is the primary oral care provider and the patient and his/her parents or guardians. This continuity of care approach includes comprehensive oral care, commencing before age 1, and continuing throughout the patient’s lifetime, with appropriate referral as necessary, and involving other care providers such as school nurses, pediatricians and others.