Regular check-ins with your dental health team are essential to full body health. Sometimes, even if we’re diligent with routine dental checkups and our daily habits, unexpected issues pop up that can cause dental trouble.

Here are the top 10 dental issues that you should be looking out for in between visits:

  • Toothache

    • A very common sign of dental trouble is soreness in your mouth or jaw. This discomfort could typically stem from a toothache. Toothaches normally indicate a cavity, but in some cases, they could signal gum disease. There have been cases that a toothache was a sign of an abscess or an impacted tooth. Don’t wait until the pain progresses, you could cause more damage and put the tooth at risk of dying if not treated early on.
  • Sensitive Teeth

    • If your teeth hurt when drinking hot or cold beverages, this is a sign that you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can result in:
      • Tooth decay
      • Fractured teeth
      • Worn fillings
      • Gum diseases
      • Worn tooth enamel
      • Exposed tooth root due to gum recession
    • Treatment will depend on the source and the severity of the discomfort you are experiencing.
  • Bleeding or Sore Gums

    • Bleeding or sore gums are also signs of dental trouble. This issue can be diagnosed as a few different symptoms: gingivitis, early and reversible stage of gum disease, brushing too hard or starting a new flossing routine. If you are experiencing bleeding or sore gums on a daily basis, please schedule an appointment with your dentist.
  • Mouth Sores

    • Mouth sores such as canker sores, leukoplakia, and candidiasis that last a week or longer, need to be examined by your dentist. The symptoms of mouth sores can vary in the severity and cause, but typically result in a disease or disorder, infection from bacteria, viruses or fungus, irritation caused by braces and dentures, or the sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling.
  • Bad Breath

    • Bad breath can stem from the foods you eat, not properly cleaning your mouth, experiencing dry mouth, smoking or other medical conditions. It can be treatable by brushing twice a day (even your tongue) and flossing daily. If your bad breath is persistent, this could be a warning sign of gum disease.
  • Jaw Pain or Popping/Clicking in the Jaw

    • Dental trouble can also come in the form of jaw popping and clicking. Unfortunately, there can be many symptoms that result in jaw pain or popping/clicking in the jaw. Some possible causes include sinus problems, toothache, arthritis, injury, teeth grinding, gingivitis or problems with TMJ.
  • Dry Mouth

    • Dry mouth normally derives from a medical disorder or a side effect to medications. Saliva is the mouth’s primary defense against tooth decay. Although this seems like a hard problem to solve, your dentist will be able to recommend ways to restore moisture back in your mouth.
  • Stained or Discolored Tooth

    • Our teeth tend to change color or become stained over time. This often results in drinking coffee or tea, smoking, aging, genetics, injury or certain medications. However, a visit to the dentist can offer solutions to return the teeth to their natural pearl-white color.
  • Cracked or Broken Tooth

    • Brittle teeth, teeth grinding or injuries to the mouth can cause cracked or broken teeth. Moreover, cracked teeth can sometimes be invisible to the naked eye and even X-rays. An untreated cracked or broken tooth can cause bigger problems, be sure to notify your dentist immediately if you are experiencing discomfort while chewing.
  • Oral Piercing Infection

    • Oral piercings can create a wide range of problems to your oral health. Furthermore, the mouth is home to many bacteria which creates an ideal place for infection. Please reach out to your dentist immediately if you are experiencing any of the following: swelling, pain, fever, chills, shaking or a red-streaked appearance around the site of the piercing.

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