There are always signs that it’s time to schedule your next dentist appointment. Unfortunately, most of these signs show up when the care you need is long past due. While we never mind seeing you once it gets to that point, there are definitely signs that you should keep an eye out for. In today’s blog post, we are going to cover four signs that it’s time to see your family dentist. Contact us to schedule your appointment if one or more of them is something you’ve been dealing with. 

Bleeding When Brushing

This is a sign that all too many think is natural, but the reality is that bleeding when you are brushing or flossing is a major sign that you are in need of a dental cleaning. When gums bleed, it is a sign that they are weak and have been exposed to plaque or other bacteria inside of your mouth. Bleeding gums is also one of the early signs of gum disease. The good news is, if you get to the dentist promptly, you can make sure that your gums don’t get any worse. 

What to look for: Bleeding, swollen, or tender gums. 

Receding Gums

Bleeding gums aren’t the only thing that you need to be keeping an eye out for if you want to avoid gum disease. Receding gums are one of the other signs that it’s time to schedule a dentist appointment. Though receding gums can be a part of the aging process, they are also a sign that your gums are in need of some help. When this happens, your teeth are exposed to bacteria, plaque, and the food and beverages you’re eating. Though it may not seem like a big deal, this is the sensitive part of your tooth and can often lead to discomfort. 

What to look for: Gum lines that are higher than the gums on other teeth.


One of the most common reasons that we get last-minute appointments made is because of a toothache. We don’t blame people for making their way to the dentist as soon as possible when this happens — toothaches hurt! That being said, toothaches usually have a more serious issue at the root. The discomfort that you’re experiencing could be due to a cavity, broken or chipped tooth, damaged or exposed root, or something else entirely. In order to treat this, it’s crucial that you get to the dentist. The longer that you go without a dental appointment, the worse the problem and pain are going to get. 

What to look for: Sensitive teeth. Pain or discomfort when doing normal activities like eating or talking. 

Loose or Shifting Teeth

As you may have guessed, it’s never a good thing to have a tooth that’s moving around in your mouth. Most often, this is a sign of a tooth that has rotted or has been exposed to a serious infection. Whatever the case may be, it’s crucial that you make your way to the dentist if you’re experiencing this. When you leave an infection in your mouth, you are allowing it to spread to the rest of your teeth, which is the last thing you want. For that reason, you are going to want to schedule an appointment with your family dentist not only to get that tooth taken care of, but also to find the solution that is going to work best for that tooth once it’s been removed.

What to look for: Teeth moving around while chewing or that shift when you place your tongue on them.

Contact Cambridge Family Smiles

The signs that we’ve covered above are things that you don’t want to deal with, if possible. With routine dental care, you can make sure that you take care of these scenarios before they get too serious. At the end of the day, that’s what we want to provide our patients.

If you have noticed any of the signs that we’ve listed above with your smile, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your family dentist. Cambridge Family Smiles is dedicated to providing our patients with the information and care that they need to maintain a healthy and happy smile. Contact our office today to get your next dentist appointment scheduled.