The thing about noticing symptoms in your mouth is that it doesn’t always do you a whole lot of good to try to figure them out. You might convince yourself that a problem is nothing at all (which can cause you serious stress down the line). You might convince yourself that nothing at all is a huge problem (which causes you unnecessary stress right now). To avoid all sorts of anxiety and to avoid misdiagnosing yourself, consider a few things you should remember about oral pathology and seeing us for a dental visit.
#1: Symptoms Aren’t Always Red Flags
When you see a symptom, which means you notice a change that is telling you something is different with your smile, don’t panic. It is not necessarily a big red flag that’s alerting you of a major problem. Even if you are in need of care for an oral disease, the symptom is simply giving you some notice that it’s time to schedule a dental visit with us. Rest easy, call our team, and come in.
#2: Symptoms Can Be Confusing
Sometimes multiple problems share certain symptoms. Sometimes changes happen but there’s nothing wrong with your oral health. Don’t make assumptions. Just come in for a dental visit. We will tell you exactly what’s happening, so you save yourself stress (and so you can receive early treatment if you need it).
#3: Symptoms Can Save You!
Things like bumps, lumps, pain, and other symptoms sometimes do let you know that an underlying problem has begun impacting your oral health. Don’t look at this as a negative thing. Instead, focus on the power of knowing you need dental care! It means saving your smile long before you’re seeing damage.
See Our Team For A Visit When You Need Us
Don’t wait around because you’re not really sure what’s happening with your smile. When you notice symptoms, come in for a checkup! To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.