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Bi-annual dental visits are necessary to keep a healthy smile on track. Thanks to oral bacteria, you are risking cavities and gum disease every day, unless you take the time to brush and floss every day, and have your dentist remove tartar routinely using special tools for the job.

But what happens when you have unusual activity going on in your smile? There are times when you may need to see your dentist in between routine cleanings and exams. This might include any of the following:

— Swelling or pain in the mouth, neck or face.

— Puffy or bleeding gums that suggest inflammation.

— If you just won’t smile because of problem areas in the mouth, for example, missing teeth or unsightly stains on your teeth.

— If you are noticing problems because of loose dental fillings, or a dental implant, denture or crown is acting differently.

— If you have a long-term medical condition like heart disease, diabetes, HIV, or an eating disorder.

— If you are pregnant, the hormonal changes can cause problems with your smile.

— Having problems when you chew food or try to swallow.

— Feeling constantly thirsty or having a chronic dry mouth is not healthy and needs to be checked.

— If you have a tobacco habit, whether smoking or chewing.

— If you experience persistent pain in the jaw when you wake up, open or close your mouth, or chew.

— If you notice that you have oral lesions that don’t go away within a week or two.

Keeping your smile in good health is possible with daily care and maintaining routine dental visits. Just like your doctor, you want to keep your dentist in the loop for any oral conditions needing attention in Lafayette, Louisiana. If you need to speak with a member of our team, please call 337-235-3395. Dr. Brock Barras and our Barras Family Dentistry team are here for you!