As good as it feels to have a clean mouth after a visit to the dentist, no one looks forward to going to having their teeth poked at. It’s recommended to visit the dentist every 6 months, but there are times when you need to schedule an appointment when you’re in pain or notice something different going on in your mouth. Here are the top five signs you need to see a dentist sooner rather than later.

Bad Breath

Who doesn’t have bad breath at times? It could be more than just morning breath. It could be a sign of tooth decay or gum disease. When bad breath is consistent and brushing your teeth doesn’t seem to be helping, it might be time to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Mouth Sores

Most go away within a few days, but a dentist should take a look if they last longer than a week, especially if you have a fever or persistent pain. Sores could be canker sores, cold sores, or leukoplakia, common in tobacco users.


Joint disorders in the mouth are usually caused by an injury, teeth or jaw misalignment, arthritis, stress, or even gum chewing. Symptoms of TMJ/TMD can be as simple as pain below your ear or jaw “popping” when you open and close your mouth or as severe as a locked jaw.

Tooth Pain

It’s hard to ignore when something hurts within your mouth, but it’s important to take action rather than waiting to see if it gets better on it’s own. It could be an infected tooth, which in extreme cases could enter the bloodstream.

Inflamed gums

Sore gums can be caused by hardened plaque under your gum line. This could be a sign of gingivitis or even worse, periodontitis, which could lead to damage of your jaw bones or tooth loss.

In any case, it is better to have a dentist look at the problem as soon as possible, as waiting will usually only allow the problem to grow. Don’t be afraid of the dentist with First Hill Dental Center, dependable emergency dental clinic who will put your comfort first.