Signs You Need to See a Dentist

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Here are several signs that you should schedule a visit to Southern Dental Fort Smith, your dentist in Fort Smith, AR!

Tender & Swollen Gums

Bleeding, tender, and swollen gums are a sign of early gum disease, called gingivitis. A visit to the dentist lets us diagnose the problem and treat it with a more thorough cleaning if necessary. Most of the time, early gum disease is quickly reversed with improved oral hygiene and a balanced diet.


Pain is a clear sign that something is wrong. If a tooth hurts, there are a few possible reasons why. If it’s a strong, unrelenting pain, it could be a cavity or infection. Pain when chewing could indicate a cracked tooth. Getting treatment as soon as possible is critical, so we offer emergency dentistry.

Chronic Headaches

Do you start your day with headaches? This is a common symptom of a TMJ disorder. Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep causes the pain. The headaches are typically a tight, dull ache. If untreated, the symptoms get worse. We offer treatments like nightguards and jaw exercises.

Dry Mouth

Saliva serves an important purpose in your oral health. It washes away bits of food and neutralizes acids, protecting your teeth. If your mouth is persistently dry, it could point to a problem. Dr. Phillips can identify the reason and offer advice on how to combat the dryness.

It’s Been 6 Months Since Your Last Visit

If it’s been longer than six months since your last checkup, please come visit Southern Dental Fort Smith! Biannual cleanings and exams allow us to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, as well as diagnose and treat dental issues before they become severe. You’ll also likely save money on treatments when we can identify problems early.

To schedule an appointment at our office or to learn about our comprehensive, family-friendly dental services, contact us today!

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