Dentists have played an important role in society for many years. We sure are glad that the tools of the trade have come as far as they have; if you think today’s dental implements look unfriendly, you haven’t seen the tools dentists used in the past. However, one thing that hasn’t changed in all this time is the way that your teeth and mouth send distress signals. Being able to recognize these signs is key to maintaining dental health.

One of the biggest frustrations we run into at our family dentistry is people who knew their teeth were having trouble, but they put off making an appointment because they didn’t want to visit the dentist and they hoped the problem would resolve itself. Unfortunately, issues with the teeth and mouth generally don’t get better over time. The last thing you want to do is wait until the problems are so advanced, expensive measures are the only way forward. Instead, keep tabs on your teeth and get them checked regularly.

Signs You Need to Make an Appointment With Us

When you know what to look for, it’s easy to understand when your teeth are giving you a distress signal. Read on for some clear signs that your teeth need some professional attention!

Your gums are tender and red.

Gums play a very important role in your dental health by giving your teeth a solid foundation. They keep your teeth stable and protect the base of each tooth where it roots into your jaw. When your gums become inflamed or swollen, it’s not something to ignore. You could be experiencing the first symptoms of gingivitis and/or periodontitis, gum conditions that can end in you losing teeth if something isn’t done to fix them.

There’s a metallic taste in your mouth.

This may be a funny question, but do you ever feel like you chewed on a mouthful of coins? Even though this is rather odd, one of the most common signs of gingivitis is a metallic taste. It’s a taste that is hard to miss, which is good because it can lead to bad breath and should be fixed. Gingivitis is a condition that inflames the gums, and it can develop into periodontitis, an even more serious version of gum disease. Contact us and we can treat the condition completely.

You’re seeing white spots on your teeth.

It’s normal for teeth to be a bit inconsistent in color. However, if you’re starting to see obvious white spots, you’re actually seeing the first signs of tooth decay. This is an infection on your teeth that occurs when the enamel dissolves and fails to protect the sensitive core of the tooth. Tooth decay usually starts when acid produced by bacteria eats the enamel away. Regular dental checkups and cleaning are key to preventing tooth decay, so make an appointment with us today.

Your teeth are suddenly very sensitive to hot and cold.

For many of us, we experience the most tooth sensitivity to hot and cold when our adult teeth come in for the first time. Generally, the sensitivity should lessen as the teeth fully mature. If your teeth have been fine for a while but they start reacting to hot and cold in a much more sensitive way, you may be experiencing tooth decay in the form of a cavity. The tough enamel on the surface of your teeth is breaking down, exposing the center of your tooth where the blood vessels and nerves are. Once those nerves get exposed, you’ll experience a lot more sensitivity than before. Instead of hoping the symptoms will go away, make an appointment with us. Contact us in Longmont for treatment before the issue gets worse.

You have canker sores.

Depending on your genetics, canker sores might be a normal thing for you. These painful, raw patches on the inside of your mouth can make chewing your food difficult. When they swell up, it can be easier for them to get caught between your teeth, which just makes them more swollen and painful. In general, a sore should go away in a few days. If you have a sore that just doesn’t heal, it’s time to start paying attention. If you get a mysterious fever, it’s definitely time to make an appointment with us.

Turn to Smile Designers

Smile Designers’ compassionate team of dedicated dental specialists is here to help you and your family live your best lives with healthy teeth. Contact us for an appointment today!

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