Sonrisas and Smiles © 2013

7015 Old Keene Mill Rd, Suite 101

Springfield VA 22150  

(703) 879-6939




Going to the dentist’s office is something that people tend to put off for as long as possible. Whether it’s due to fear, a busy schedule, or other reasons, too many people make the mistake of avoiding the dentist, even when they truly need it.


Postponing your appointment can result in worsening your existing dental issues, not having the beautiful smile you deserve, and a host of other problems as well. If you’ve been dodging the dentist for months (or even years!), and are experiencing any of these 5 signs, schedule an appointment today!


1: Bleeding Gums


Healthy gums shouldn’t bleed from brushing your teeth or just spontaneously. This could be a sign of gum disease, or severe plaque buildup. If the plaque hardens into tartar, brushing and flossing won’t be enough to stop the damage being caused at your gumline. At that point, you need to visit a dentist for a professional cleaning, or deep cleaning.


The best way to avoid bleeding and inflamed gums is a combination of home care and regular visits to the dentist for plaque removal.


2: Your teeth are sensitive to cold or hot temperature


Do you feel a sharp or intense sensation in your teeth when you eat ice cream or drink hot coffee? This could be a sign that the nerves in one or more of your teeth are exposed. When those nerves get irritated by your cold drink or hot food, it can make it painful to eat and drink normally. This can be caused by any number of issues, including:

Tooth decay (cavities)

Fractured teeth

Old fillings being worn down

Worn tooth enamel

The root of your tooth being exposed


Sometimes this can be fixed simply with fillings, but the only way to know the true extent of the problem is to have a dentist examine your teeth.


3: Chronic pain


If you are experiencing pain throughout your mouth on a regular basis, then it’s a big red flag. Whether it’s a toothache, pain in your jaw, sharp pain when biting something, or if it hurts when you talk, you should have it looked at as soon as possible. The pain could be caused by cavities, sensitive teeth, or even periodontal disease.


There’s no need to be inconvenienced by pain unnecessarily. Dentists are here to relieve your pain, and improve your oral health.


4: Sores that don’t heal


When you have a canker sore that heals within a few days, it’s typically not a big issue or anything to be concerned about. However, when you have sores in your mouth for weeks with no signs of healing, then it’s a problem that should be addressed.


Sores in your mouth that don’t heal could be signs of severe health issues that need to be treated as soon as possible.


5: You can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist


Don’t wait until you start experiencing symptoms to go to the dentist. By being proactive and going in for regular cleanings every 6 months, you will be able to avoid the issues above, and plenty of other oral health problems. If you haven’t been to the dentist in more than 6 months, make your appointment today.


If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have other concerns about your dental health, give our office a call today at (703) 879-6939. We answer the phone for after hour emergencies and are happy to provide free telephone consultations to patients in pain. We'll work with you to schedule an appointment to visit our office as soon as possible.

5 Signs That It’s Time To Visit The Dentist