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4 Signs It’s Time to See Your Dentist

Does that nagging in the back of your mind leave you unsure of whether or not you need to see a dentist? If you’re behind on your regular check-ups, it’s time to have your smile checked out; but some concerns can even pop up between your routine dental visits. Here are 4 signs that you ought to go ahead and make an earlier trip for a quick exam – just in case.


Tooth sensitivity can come in many different shapes and sizes. Types that your dentist may ask about include sensitivity to cold, heat, pressure, air, or touch. If sensitivity comes on suddenly and is painful, it’s best to have it checked out. 

Something “Doesn’t Feel Quite Right”

You know your body better than anyone else. Even if a tooth doesn’t hurt, people frequently come into the dental office saying a tooth feels “funny” or “not quite right,” only to find out that they were right. It’s best to take action right away, before the problem becomes more significant.

Chronic Bad Breath

Halitosis (bad breath) can be an indication of an underlying dental problem – such as an abscessed tooth or periodontal disease. If swelling, drainage, or tartar buildup is visible, the odor is likely due to bacterial infections that need to be addressed by your dentist.

Tooth Movement

Rapid or gradual tooth movements are an indication that something is going on under the gumlines and within the bone. Neglecting tooth movement can allow the teeth to fall out, wear down or break.

Thankfully some concerns turn out to be nothing minor at all! You only have one smile though, so make the smart decision to have problems like these checked out as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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