What Are the Signs of a Serious Dental Problem?

Root Canal TreatmentOral health is vital to our overall well-being for both our physical and mental health. Common dental problems are often ignored or dismissed until we have our next scheduled dentist appointment.

Unfortunately, signs of dental problems can worsen over time without prompt treatment. Whether the issue causes discomfort, sensitivity, or pain there is no dental problem that cures itself.

In many cases, oral diseases can have a profound affect on our health. The bacteria that cause or is created by a dental problem can enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.

Serious conditions that may occur include, but are not limited to, infection, cardiovascular disease, respiratory issues, kidney disorders and cancer. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms or signs of dental issues, don’t hesitate to have it checked out by a professional.

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Foods

Sensitivity to hot or cold beverages and food is a common dental issue. Known as dentin hypersensitivity, this condition occurs when the layer of enamel on your teeth thins out. Theunderlying layer, dentin, is exposed causing pain when in contact with hot or cold temperatures. The exposure may also be caused by receding gums.

Many people use anti-sensitive toothpaste to ensure the pain and discomfort doesn’t become a large issue. In some situations, this is the solution but only after a dentist has performed a thorough checkup.

With a sudden pain when consuming hot and cold food or drinks, it is important to have the source determined. It may be caused by tooth decay, damaged fillings, exposure of tooth roots, a fractured tooth or worn enamel.

Lumps in the Mouth

A single or cluster of lumps inside the mouth may indicate a serious oral disease. These bumps are different from the canker sores experienced from time to time. If lumps are present longer than two weeks, it can indicate an oral health concern. Whether pain or discomfort is felt, a new lesion or lump should be examined by a dental professional as soon as possible.

Lumps can be caused by an infection or an abscess within the gums or tooth. Oral cancer is another issue that can cause lumps or spots to appear. Have any lump checked by your dentist for immediate treatment, especially if you smoke, chew tobacco, or consume alcohol.

Experiencing Sudden Pain While Chewing

There are not many pains in this world worse than tooth pain. This is especially true with a sudden pain that occurs while eating. This may indicate an infection, a cavity or even oral cancer. If the pain suddenly dissipates as sudden as it first appeared it still may be a serious problem.

For instance, the early stage of an infection often presents as a tooth pain that worsens and then seems to go away for a period. If the pain is present when chewing, there may be a tooth that is cracked or damaged. Any pain while chewing should be brought to your dentist’s attention as soon as possible to prevent further problems.

Persistent Bad Breath

Halitosis, referred to as bad breath, can be embarrassing for some people and is often caused by the food we eat such as garlic. It can also be caused by several oral problems, some more serious than others. While diet and oral hygiene play a role in this condition, it could be caused by gum disease such as gingivitis or tooth decay.

It is important to know that persistent bad breath can indicate a severe underlying health disease such as gastrointestinal issues, a lung infection, liver disease, or kidney disease. Tell you your dentist if you are finding halitosis is an issue to rule out oral diseases.

Loose or Shifting Teeth

As adults, we should not have loose or shifting teeth, at least not without concern. A tooth that appears to be moving or wobbly should be inspected immediately by a professional. Oral diseases such as advanced gum disease can cause teeth to become loose or fall out.

If a tooth suddenly comes out without a traumatic incident, it may be due to a health condition known as osteoporosis. Once thought of as an older person’s disease, this bone disease sees bone density reduced to all bones in the body, including the mouth.

White Spots on Teeth

White spots on the tooth can be a sign of tooth decay. This warning is often seen long before the pain of an infection or cavity begins. Without proper treatment, the tooth decay will worsen and can cause the tooth to fracture or become sensitive.

The tooth decay is caused by the harmful bacteria and plague that settles on the teeth and gumline throughout the day and night. That is one reason why your dentist advises to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.

A Constant Bad Taste in Your Mouth

Different from having bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth can be caused by infections, abscesses and disease such as gingivitis. Poor oral hygiene can also cause a bad taste in the mouth.

The bad taste may be described as salty, bitter, metallic or foul. If you find you are experiencing these tastes even with regular brushing and flossing, contact your dentists for a checkup.

Book an Appointment with Princeview Dental Group Today!

For more than 30 years, Princeview Dental Group has been providing dental care with compassion in a judgement-free zone. Our team of professionals provide regular dental care, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery and emergency services. We also want to remind everyone that we have moved to a brand new office as of November 2021, moving a short distance from our old location. We’re now at, 3052 Bloor Street West, directly under the Crooked Cue Pub & Restaurant.

We understand how important the teeth are to not only your physical health but to your mental health as well. Our goal is to have our patients be healthy, happy, and confident about their smile.Contact us at today to book an appointment.


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