It's best to visit the dentist at least once a year for a general checkup—but if you're one of the many people who doesn't do this, then you may not be entirely clear on exactly what a dentist could help you with. It may seem counter-intuitive, but it really isn't just your teeth. As such, even if your teeth feel fine and aren't giving you any concern, there may be other issues you're experiencing that a dentist could help fix.
Everyone experiences bad breath occasionally, even when you're quite fastidious about cleaning your teeth. It's nothing to be ashamed of, and it's perfectly normal. However, if bad breath persists and you find it difficult to clear it, then don't chain-chew gum and stew with self-consciousness and worry. Just visit your dentist. They'll be able to help you with a whole range of options, and you won't have to think about it any longer.
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, especially if they have been doing so for a while, then you may assume it's normal and continue on with your day. After all, it only happens when you brush, and it's easy to contain. Right? Well—not quite. Your gums really shouldn't bleed when you brush your teeth, and it could be a sign of a serious problem. In all likelihood, it's nothing serious, but it's best to have your gums checked regardless.
The occasional spot or cold sore inside your mouth isn't a problem. They're just part of everyday life, and everybody gets them. However, if yours are particularly frequent or persistent, or if they cause you pain or discomfort, then they could be a sign of a broader problem. Equally, even if they're just something small and unimportant, you deserve to feel comfortable! Visiting a dentist will help you identify where these sores and problem areas stem from, and what—if anything—you can do to reduce them.
Burning Mouth Syndrome
If you often experience a burning or tingling sensation in your lips, tongue and the inside of your mouth, that's well worth visiting a dentist about. Even if it's more irritating than uncomfortable, burning mouth syndrome is likely to increase over time, so it's best to start treating it as soon as you notice the sensation. You can visit a doctor about this too—but as a dentist is a specialist, you may just be referred directly on to one anyway.
As such, it's not just about your teeth! All these conditions—and a whole host of others there's no time to mention—can be covered by your dentist. Therefore, you should make a trip there for a checkup even if your smile is in good shape.