7 Signs You Need To Visit Your Dentist

7 Signs You Need To Visit Your Dentist

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7 Signs You Need To Visit Your Dentist

Everyone knows to visit the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. But when you experience any of these symptoms you should consider making an appointment right away.

1. Loose Teeth

This can be an indication of gingivitis, which is inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria. Left untreated, it can advance into periodontitis and put your teeth in jeopardy.

2. Temperature Sensitivity

A reaction to hot or cold foods may be a sign of decay in a tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root surface resulting from gum recession. It can also indicate cracks in a tooth’s enamel.

3. Bleeding Gums

Seeing blood after brushing or flossing could be a sign of an infection. Seek treatment before it develops into gum disease.

4. Sores, Bumps & Lumps

If you notice an unusual lesion or mass that lingers and won’t seem to heal, it may be a sign of oral cancer. Your regular checkup should include a screening, but you shouldn’t wait for that if you have an area of concern.

5. Chronic Bad Breath

The things we eat and drink can occasionally cause bad breath. However, if you find yourself with persistent halitosis, it could be an indicator of gum disease.

6. Dry Mouth

There are a host of different causes for mouth dryness. Everything from dehydration to allergies to side effects from prescription medication. But it can also be a sign of more serious diseases.

7. Cracking or crumbling teeth

Disintegrating teeth are typically a consequence of stomach acid dissolving enamel. This is more common in older people but it can happen to anyone and is usually a sign of damage to the esophagus.


This is not a complete list. Contact your Oral Care provider for additional information. 3M Oral Care does not provide dental advice, diagnosis or treatment.


  1. Great article! It is very helpful, so people would be aware, when they need to visit their dentist. Some could think that such simple reasons, as dry mouth or bad breath are not worthy visiting a dentist, but under these as it may seem “simple reasons” can be really serious diseases

    October 31, 2016 at 11:30 am Reply
  2. Good one. People should know when it requires to visit dentist.

    November 11, 2016 at 8:23 am Reply
  3. Hi Norman
    Good post,
    I think these ones are the 7 alarming signs that we should go to our Dentist
    No one should wait until they feel pain or their gums are bleeding to go to the Dentist
    We should try to educate our patients and our community on the importance of oral health
    Thanks for sharing

    November 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm Reply

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