If you’re experiencing any of the 5 dental symptoms listed below, you should pay your dentist a visit.
1. A Sore or Spot That Won’t Heal
Tender areas, sores, and ulcers in your mouth can let you know about some of your current dental health conditions. Some if not most of them can affect more than just your teeth and gums’ health.
For example, dental wounds that don’t heal themselves can sometimes indicate diabetes. People who have diabetes will need a longer time to heal than those who don’t;
If you have a wound in your mouth that doesn’t heal or less painful in a week or two, make an appointment to see your dentist and your primary care doctor. You may need to have your blood sugar levels checked to ensure they aren’t too high.
Spots or sores in your mouth can sometimes appear as white areas called leukoplakia or as red lesions called erythroplakia. In more serious cases, these lesions might be linked to oral cancers.
2. Additional symptoms:
- Ear pain
- Numbness in the tongue or throat area
- Jaw swelling
- Trouble moving the jaw or tongue
- Trouble swallowing
3. Bad Breath
Sometimes bad breath as simple as the result of your garlic-filled dinner or that you just need to drink some water. But however in some cases, chronic bad breath can also be a symptom of:
- Dry mouth
- Gum disease
- Poor oral hygiene
- Tobacco/Smoking Products
- Mouth, nose, and throat’s infection
4. Temperature Sensitivity
You will be experiencing increased sensitivity after dental procedures like crown placements or cavity fillings. Unexplained and/or sudden changes to your sensitivity mean that you should contact your dentist. Increased hot and cold sensitivity is a sign of a dental abscess, which is a bacterial infection of the teeth or gum areas near a tooth root.
More dental abscess symptoms also include a severe toothache, fever, or tender lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck. If you are also having facial swelling, seek the dentist for emergency care as soon as possible. If it’s left untreated, the infection will spread throughout your body and become very dangerous.
Increased sensitivity to temperature can also mean that you have a cavity or that your dental enamel is thinning. A dentist is able to give proper treatment for both of these problems.
Pain can indicate that your mouth is not as healthy as it should be. While the pain may go away for a little while, it’s most likely will return. Make an appointment to see your dentist for a check-up as soon as possible for an immediate check-up and proper treatment.