What Are Early Signs of Dental Trouble?

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As we ring in 2021, we’re wishing you all a year of health and happiness. Part of that includes hoping that you don’t run into any dental trouble. Knowing how to spot the early signs of dental trouble can make a huge difference in your health, since you’ll know when to seek treatment before the problem worsens.


A toothache, whether it’s just a dull sensation or a sharp pain, is one of the easiest ways to tell that something is amiss with your smile. Toothaches can signal a few different types of dental problems, ranging in severity from a cavity to an impacted wisdom tooth to a severe infection.

Bleeding or Sore Gums

Some people think it’s normal when their gums bleed during their routine brushing and flossing, but this isn’t true. Healthy gums shouldn’t bleed, and seeing pink in the sink often might be a sign of gum disease. If your gums aren’t bleeding, but they feel sensitive or sore, then this could also be a sign of a dental issue.

Persistent Bad Breath

Bad breath after you’ve just eaten a garlic-heavy dish is one thing. Then there’s consistent bad breath that seems to linger and not be tied to whatever meals you’re consuming. Like a toothache, bad breath can be caused by a few different things, including dental decay, dry mouth, and gum disease.

We Have Answers at Summit Family Dentistry

If you’re not quite sure whether you have a dental issue on your hands, call Summit Family Dentistry for help. Don’t put it off because if there’s a problem, it won’t go away on its own. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you might have and examine your teeth to see if there are any problems that need to be remedied. We’re proud to serve our Littleton community, and we’re always here to help!

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