The dentist is many people’s least favorite place, and we know that many people avoid the dentist on purpose. While we know that our suggestion of visiting the dentist at least once a year is often ignored, there are some signs that can tell you that you need to go to the dentist.

At Aspen Hill Dental in Wheat Ridge, we offer a variety of dental services including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dental care. Our services allow us to help you with a huge variety of dental issues while ensuring your comfort.

In this blog, we are going to talk about some of the signs that mean you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. We understand that it is no fun visiting the dentist, but when you notice any of these signs, you may need to schedule an appointment sooner than you think.

Bleeding Gums

While every once in a while, you may floss your teeth too aggressively and cause a little bleeding, this should not be a common occurrence. If you notice that your gums are red, inflamed, or bleeding regularly, it is a huge sign to see the dentist. This could be an early sign of gum disease. If your gums are swollen or they bleed when you brush or eat, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. If you catch gum disease in its early phase, which is called gingivitis, it is easier to treat with a simple cleaning. The more advanced your gum disease is, the harder it may be to treat, and in some cases may require surgery.

Shifting or Loose Teeth

As an adult, your teeth should never become loose or shift. If you notice any movement, widening gaps, or a loose tooth, do not ignore it! This could be a sign of infection or bone loss. By visiting a dentist right away, they can help you figure out what is going on and the best treatment for you. Another thing to keep an eye on is how your bite fits together. If you notice a shift in that as well, be sure to schedule a dental appointment.

Sores and Bumps

While canker sores are common and will generally clear up in a few weeks, there are some sores that may be a bigger issue. If you have oral lesions that are not your common canker sore, you may want to visit a dentist as soon as possible. Thrush, also known as candidiasis, is a fungal infection that shows up as white sores on the tongue, tonsils, roof of the mouth, and inner cheek. Thrush thrives on high sugar levels in saliva and those who have diabetes are more prone to thrush. If you notice these white sores, be sure to schedule a dental appointment. You may need medication to treat them.

Toothache or Pain

While you may think a toothache will just go away or that your pain is nothing serious, you are wrong. There are many things that could be causing your pain or toothache. Some of these things include a broken tooth, cavity, abscess, a damaged filling, or because you grind your teeth. If you have been experiencing pain, it is time to visit the dentist. Only your dentist will be able to determine the cause of the pain and help you find the best solution.

Receding Gums

While some gum recession is normal, if your gums are seriously receding, it could be a sign of gum disease. When your gums recede they can expose your teeth’s roots, increase the risk of decay, cause infection, may cause pain, and may lead to tooth loss. Receding gums are not something to ignore and you should visit a dentist as soon as possible!

These are only a few of the many signs that you should visit a dentist. There are some issues that you simply cannot ignore and should not ignore! If you notice any of these signs, be sure to schedule an appointment right away.

By scheduling regular checkups, you can keep your teeth healthy and prevent future issues. Learn more about our services and schedule a dental appointment at Aspen Hill Dental in Wheat Ridge! We look forward to helping you with your bright and healthy smile!