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Regular dental visits allow your dentist to fill in the gaps in your daily oral care routine. For example, you need to brush and floss every day to remove stuck food particles and bacteria that builds up into dental plaque to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

But there is always some plaque buildup that hardens around the teeth and gumline and requires removal by your dentist. Your dentist also checks for any problem areas in your smile to make sure nothing else needs addressing. Remember, early detection and treatment is your best chance of avoiding bigger problems down the road.

But sometimes you can’t wait until your next dental checkup to deal with a problem in your smile. In fact, if you notice any of the following conditions, please come in to be seen:

Toothache–if a tooth hurts relentlessly it should be seen. It could be a cavity, but it can also be due to gum disease. If it is abscessed or impacted, it needs treatment to be able to save it.

Hypersensitivity–if your teeth hurt when exposed to hot or cold drinks, you may have a fracture, tooth decay, a worn filling, gum disease, tooth enamel erosion, or a tooth root which is exposed.

Gingivitis–if you have this early form of gum disease, you are in luck. It is usually reversible in this form. You may have gingivitis if your gums are swollen or bleed.

Oral Sores–you can get canker sores, cold sores, or other mouth sores due to leukoplakia or candidiasis. Typically, oral sores go away on their own within a week or two, but if they persist, they should be seen and possibly treated.

Persistent Bad Breath–the breath can smell badly because of gum disease, and if this is the case for you, it needs to be treated to prevent it from worsening.

Jaw Pain–your dentist might be able to help if you have pain in the jaw. Jaw pain can come up because of the sinuses, a toothache, arthritis, trauma, bruxism, gum disease or TMJ (jaw joint disorder).

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for help with any of these oral issues. Our Best Care Dental team at 719-528-8292 is here to get you in to see our dentist, Dr. Vahid Bashi as soon as possible.