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Signs You Have Unseen Oral Problems

Oral problem
Your teeth don't always look like they are in need of dental care. Sometimes you have to pay attention to other signs that mean you are in need of some dental work.

Here are signs you have oral problems when your teeth look just fine; after all, your smile is about more than simply having pearly white teeth.

Bad Breath

If your breath is worsening no matter how much you brush and floss your teeth, or your breath continues to be bad despite regular use of mouthwash, then you should see your dentist right away. In around 90 percent of cases, bad breath can be directly attributed to an oral health concern.

Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth, often caused by gum disease, a dying or rotting tooth, or even an abscess or mouth infection. If you can't get your bad breath under control, then you should schedule an appointment with your dental practitioner.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are a serious dental concern. A common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis, which affects nearly half of the adult American population.

Another cause of bleeding gums is plaque buildup in the mouth, which can lead to tooth decay. Symptoms you should watch out for when you have bleeding gums include:
  • Painful gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Bad breath
  • Discolored gums
If your gums bleed every time you brush your teeth, or you are experiencing tooth sensitivity in any area of your mouth in addition to having bleeding gums, see your dentist right away.

Lack of Dental Visits

You should see the dentist twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. This is a habit that you should continue as part of your oral health routine, whether you feel your teeth are in good condition or not.

Many oral health symptoms don't become apparent until treatment is needed, such as cavities that are minor enough to not cause pain, gum disease in its beginning stages, and even a slightly chipped tooth. With regular dental checkups, your dentist can catch problems early and better control your oral health.

Discolored Teeth

Your teeth may look fine, but they may be discolored and yellowed. Yellow and discolored teeth can be caused by what you eat or drink (namely coffee, tea, and dark-colored wines or certain sauces), lifestyle habits (smoking or chewing tobacco), age, or due to tooth decay (a rotting or dying tooth will turn brown or even black).

Your dentist can treat teeth discoloration with professional teeth whitening or a deep cleaning to remove surface stains, tartar, and plaque. If any of your teeth are a dull or dark brown, especially at their roots, you may have a dying or dead tooth, which can harm the surrounding teeth. Visit your dentist to treat your discolored teeth for a healthier, whiter smile.

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can occur on one or all of your teeth and presents itself as a sharp pain or discomfort when chewing or consuming very hot or very cold foods and beverages. Your tooth enamel may be compromised or you may have a cavity or exposed nerves in your teeth, causing tooth pain.

To diagnose your tooth sensitivity problems, your dentist will do a complete oral exam. If you are due for X-rays of your teeth, this will be done during your appointment. X-rays reveal possible causes for tooth pain.

Your teeth may appear healthy, but underlying issues in your mouth can be a cause for dental concern. You should never ignore potential oral health problems, as they tend to worsen with time. Call our office of Pierpan Dentistry to schedule a dental appointment today.