You’re looking in the mirror, and you notice something about your teeth that you’ve never seen before. Has it always been there? Is it something new? Regularly inspecting your teeth and gums can give you important clues about your overall oral health and help you address problems before they get out of control. Following are some common things your teeth might be “telling” you, and what they might mean.
Open sores in your mouth
While sores are often the result of eating too many acidic, spicy, or hot (temperature) foods, they can be a sign of other issues. If a sore sticks around for a while, you might simply be deficient in Vitamin A. If an increase in Vitamin A doesn’t help, consult your dentist to examine the area.
Sharp tooth pain
Sharp tooth pains are often the result of tooth decay. Cavities that get too close to the root of the tooth can increase sensitivity and cause sharp pains while eating and drinking. If you notice a sharp pain in the same spot that is recurring and seems to be getting worse, schedule a trip to your dentist immediately.
While yellowing of the teeth is rarely a cause for concern, it can be unsightly. Consider using a whitening toothpaste, and ask your dentist about whitening services they offer.
Aches in the jaw
Aches and soreness in the jaw that lasts less than a couple of days is generally not cause for concern. Aches that go on for several days (or more) can be a sign of a more serious problem. Grinding and clenching are often the culprit of this issue, but if you are experiencing and swelling or increased sensitivity, consult your dentist. It could be the sign of a real problem, such as an abscess.
Bleeding or swollen gums
If the bleeding and/or swelling only lasts for a day or two, this is usually nothing to worry about, If, however, these symptoms persist, it could be a sign of periodontal disease. If you’re experiencing any bleeding or swelling that lasts for more than a few days, schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.
Loose or crooked teeth
This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you have loose or crooked teeth, your teeth are screaming for help! Contact Dr. Appelblatt and Dr. Martin today to schedule an appointment. We will carefully examine your teeth, jaw and gums and create a plan to get your oral health back on track.