Three Warning Signs That You Should See Your Local Dentist

If you have any of these symptoms, please call our Epsom practice today.

Most of us probably rely on our family dentist to decide when we need a filling or other procedure. Sometimes there may be no major symptoms that are noticeable to us but can be seen on a closer inspection by the dentist. In many cases these problems are caught, through regular check ups, in the early stages, hence the lack of obvious symptoms.

Even when symptoms do occur, we can sometimes be tempted not to see the dentist, especially if we know that we have our six monthly check up in a month or two’s time. If you have any symptoms of dental problems at all though, you should have these checked as soon as possible, rather than allow the problem to become worse.


Let’s start with the obvious one. A toothache will nearly always mean tooth decay, although it could also mean that you have a full root canal infection. Whichever it is though, prompt treatment at Clock Tower Dental should be sought. Whilst most people will generally ring the dentist if the toothache is bad enough, we may sometimes take a ‘head in the sand’ approach if it is a ‘manageable’ problem, with the hope that it will subside. Any toothache should be a warning though, that if you don’t have it treated, it will almost certainly become worse.

Sensitive teeth

Some people’s teeth are more sensitive than others. If yours suddenly become more sensitive for no obvious reason, you should have them checked. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of factors including enamel erosion or a cracked tooth. Although you may not be able to see a tiny crack in your teeth, bacteria can, and once they enter into the inner part of the tooth, more problems will follow.

Bleeding or sore gums

It is a mistake to think that dentists are only concerned with teeth. Your gum health is just as important and poor gums can lead to tooth loss unless treated. If your gums are bleeding, inflamed or sore, don’t hesitate to arrange an appointment at our Epsom practice. The symptoms mentioned are likely indicators of gum disease which may need professional treatment. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may be given advice on how to look after your gums better, or you may need a thorough clean from our hygienist. If the gum disease is advanced, this may require a ‘deep clean’, potentially carried out by a specialist known as a periodontist.

Rather than wait for any gum problems to occur though, we strongly recommend that you book regular appointments with the hygienist at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic to help keep your gums healthy, and guide you with your own personal care regimen.

If you have any of the symptoms above, or would simply like to arrange your regular check up, please call our Epsom dental clinic on 01372 720136.