Regular dental check-ups are a necessary aspect of any good oral health regimen. Dentists can aid in the prevention and treatment of gum disease, tartar, and conditions that require emergency procedures. If you are experiencing tenderness, swelling, or redness of your gums, bleeding during brushing or flossing, loss of permanent teeth, changes in tooth alignment, chronic bad breath, temperature sensitivity, or more, it is important to contact your Tampa dentist as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing oral emergencies. Proper prevention through a good oral health regimen, however, is the only way to ensure that many of these oral health problems do not occur.