It’s not unusual to have aches and pains throughout the body, including your mouth; but if something has been bothering you for a while you definitely should not put off having it checked out before your minor complaint turns into a serious dental problem.
- Toothache: Whether the pain is sharp, throbbing or constant; a toothache is a warning sign that something is wrong in your tooth. Common causes are cavities, abscess, fracture, gum disease or a damaged filling.
- Jaw Pain: If you are experiencing jaw pain, it can be a sign of something much more serious than an oral health issue. It may just be temporomandibular joint disorder but it could also be your body alerting you to dangerous health issues such as coronary heart disease, heart attack and trigeminal neuralgia.
- Bad Breath: If you just enjoyed a hot dog smothered in raw onions, bad breath is to be expected; but if you haven’t been eating smelly foods and are practicing good oral hygiene and still have bad breath, there could be something much bigger happening in your body. Bad breath is a symptom of periodontal disease, yeast infections, dry mouth, sinus problems, diabetes, acid reflux, liver and kidney problems.
- Bleeding Gums: Healthy gums do not bleed…period. Bleeding gums are often the first symptom patients notice when they have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease not only contributes to tooth and bone loss, it can also spread to cause problems in other parts of your body such as your heart. They can also be an indicator of nutritional deficiencies, hormone changes or medication side effects.
- Mouth Sores: Mouth sores are an indicator of several conditions with some benign and some more serious. If you have mouth sores that are not healing they could be symptoms of ailments such as oral cancer, anemia, HIV/AIDS, thrush, celiac disease, herpes, leukemia and syphilis.
- Cracked Teeth: If you have one or more cracked teeth, it could be a sign that tooth decay or gum disease is weakening their structure. Cracks in your teeth can also lead to infections in the pulp of the tooth that lead to root canals having to be performed.
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned dental issues, schedule an oral health exam today!