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Almost no one wants to go to the dentist. It is something that you really have to do for your health, but few people enjoy it. There are some instances that seeing a dentist is absolutely necessary. Here are three signs you need to see a dentist in the near future.

Dental Pain

If you have any type of dental pain in your gums, teeth, or jaw, you should see a dentist to address the issue. Ignoring tooth pain can lead to advanced infections in the mouth that make treating the problem difficult. If you continue to put off going to the dentist, you could need a round of antibiotics before any dental work is attempted.

Swelling

If you have any swelling of your mouth or jaw, you should seek out a dentist as soon as possible. Swelling of the face and jaw in conjunction with dental pain is a clear sign of infection. Swelling of the face and jaw can also be an indication of an abscess that needs to be treated immediately for your overall health.

Sensitive or Bleeding Gums

If you have sensitive or bleeding gums that make it painful to brush and floss your teeth, you need to see a dentist soon. Sensitive or bleeding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can penetrate the jaw bone and result in bone loss.

If you have any of these signs, or if it has been more than one year since your last dental visit, you shouldn’t put it off any longer. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your initial exam.