When should you visit your dentist?When dental concerns arise, it’s important to keep the connection between your overall health and oral health in mind. After all, an attractive smile starts with healthy teeth and gums.

If you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, it might be time to visit your dentist.

1. Your Mouth Hurts

Tooth pain can be a sign of many different problems, from infection to decay. The best way to determine the cause of your dental pain? Schedule an appointment with your dentist. They have the necessary skills to diagnose your symptoms and the most appropriate treatment.

2. Your Teeth Are Extra Sensitive

One of the most common concerns our patients bring up is sensitive teeth. If you’re unable to enjoy hot and cold foods or liquids, it may be a sign of tooth decay or even bruxism (also known as grinding your teeth).

3. Your Gums Are Sore

Most of the time, aggressive brushing or flossing causes swollen or bleeding gums. However, if your gum soreness persists for more than a few days, periodontal (gum) disease might be an issue. It could also mean your gums are receding.

4. You Can Taste Metal

Although a common symptom of pregnancy and food allergies, if you taste metal continuously, your mouth might be trying to warn you of a larger problem. Metallic taste in your mouth can be caused by a range of medical and dental infections, from gum disease to sinus infection.

5. You Have Chronic Bad Breath

Often a result of food residue, a case of stinky breath here and there is nothing to worry over. But chronic bad breath may point to a more serious health issue. If you have cause for concern, reach out to your dentist.

With regularly scheduled visits and a proper dental care routine, you can avoid the risk of oral health damage.

Thanks to our preventive care practices, Dentistry at East Piedmont patients can enjoy healthy, beautiful smiles for life! To learn more about our comprehensive dentistry services, please contact us or call (770) 321-5558 today.

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