7 Reasons to Visit the Dentist

woman with painful tooth

Some people faithfully visit our Garland, TX dentist twice a year for checkups. This is a sure way to help prevent big and small problems down the road. Others may not have been to the dentist in years, decades even, but can’t tolerate their dental pain anymore. There are many reasons to visit the dentist, and the team at Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS is here to help you no matter why you come or how long you’ve waited.

Let us help you today. Don’t risk your smile or suffer any longer. Call 972-360-9944 to let Dr. Kerbel, Dr. Callier, or Dr. Margolin restore confidence in your smile. In the meantime, read about these signs you need to see the dentist.

1. My smile is embarrassing me.

This is one of the best reasons to visit the dentist. Yet many people needlessly live with their embarrassment. Often, it’s because:

  • They’re embarrassed to bring up their embarrassment.
  • They think cosmetic dentistry or fixing smile flaws is vain.
  • They think they can’t afford to fix their teeth.
  • They think they don’t have time to improve their smile.
  • They have other priorities in life that seem more important.
  • They’ve had a bad dental experience before and are scared to commit again.

Whether we’ve listed your reason above or whether you have a different reason altogether, chances are we can address your concerns. People have told us that they didn’t realize they could afford to perfect their smile or that they could see it change in just one or two visits. They’ve also told us they wish they’d done it sooner! That’s usually what we hear when people tell us about their newfound confidence in their smile and the opportunities it’s created for them in many areas of life.

Set up a consultation with us and let us help you decide what’s best for you based on what you want and need. We are here to listen, guide, and give you your dream smile!

2. I have dental pain.

Unfortunately, many people hold off going to the dentist until they can’t take the pain anymore. They hope it will go away, but the thing with dental pain is that it usually gets worse, not better. We truly have sympathy for anyone so afraid of the dentist that they suffer needlessly.

Let us take care of your situation. In most cases of dental pain, we can see you the day you call us. We’ll get you comfortable and listen carefully to what’s bothering you. After we determine what’s wrong, we’ll let you know what the plan is before we do anything at all. That could be a root canal, a dental crown or filling to repair decay, or an extraction if we can’t save your tooth.

No matter your need, we’ll help you relax with:

  • TVs
  • Music
  • Massage chairs (and they’re heated if you get chilly!)
  • Dental sedation
  • Extended appointments upon request
  • Smoothies
  • A caring team who actually listens to you

3. Something doesn’t seem right.

Perhaps you’ve been noticing blood on your toothpaste after brushing. Maybe you have a tooth that feels a little loose. You may have seen a sore or strange spot in your mouth that was never there before.

If something doesn’t seem right in your mouth, don’t put it to chance and hope it will go away. Get an accurate diagnosis at Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS. Whether it’s nothing at all or something that needs to be treated immediately, we can do it right here in our office. Our three dentists – including our periodontist – are trained to recognize, diagnose, and treat just about any dental problem in your mouth, from bleeding gums to abscesses.

4. I snore loudly and I snore a lot.

You might be asking right now, “Why would I go to a dentist because I snore?” We’ve heard that question before. But we are specialists of the mouth, so we understand the anatomy that’s related to snoring. Still, you can’t go to just any dentist if you experience chronic snoring, hoping for answers. We have been trained specifically to offer sleep apnea and snoring solutions in Garland.

Your dentist, either Dr. Kerbel or Dr. Callier, will perform an exam and ask questions to see if your snoring is a sign of sleep apnea.

If so, we’ll refer you for a sleep study. If your bed partner is waking you up every night because of your snoring, visit us as soon as you can. If it’s sleep apnea, we have solutions for this dangerous condition. You may not even need a CPAP – our comfortable oral appliances often do the trick.

5. My jaw hurts.

Here’s another reason some people either visit us or end up getting treatment just because they brought up their pain at a checkup. Regular jaw pain could be a sign of TMJ disorder, which affects your jaw joint. There are many causes, but the symptoms can be debilitating. And the good news is, there is an answer!

We take a comprehensive approach to TMJ disorder. We work on daily life changes that could help your jaw rest and feel better. We provide oral appliances that you wear at night to shift your jaw into a more comfortable position. We may recommend medication if needed.

If you have jaw pain or grind your teeth – which can lead to jaw pain – give us a call now.

6. I haven’t been to the dentist in a while.

We have patients who’ve skipped their past couple of cleanings and patients who haven’t had one for years. It doesn’t matter. We welcome you here with no judgment, and we won’t lecture you.

7. I have a medical condition.

Many people don’t realize that there’s a connection between your oral health and overall health. Dentists call this the oral-systemic connection. It simply means that problems in your mouth can indicate problems in your body, and vice versa. For example, people with severe gum disease may have a higher risk of inflammation elsewhere, such as in the heart.

Aside from that, health conditions can affect the mouth in different ways. For instance, people who have trouble controlling diabetes are more likely to have gum disease. And people taking certain medications or on chemotherapy may develop dental problems that a trusted dentist should oversee. That includes dry mouth and high risk for tooth decay.

If you or a loved one has a medical condition, it’s all the more important to keep your regular checkups with us.

If one of these reasons resonates with you, help is waiting at our Garland, TX dentist office. You can reach out to us by calling 972-360-9944 or by filling our our form online.