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Seven Dental Symptoms

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Dental Symptoms for you to check.

Do any of these apply to you? If yes, it is essential that you let your dentist know about it at your next dental appointment.
Looking after your overall health starts with your dental hygiene. Infections and other problems such as bad breath can be a sign that there might be a health issue that needs to be addressed.

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Change in Gums or Bleeding Gums

These may be a cause of periodontal disease (gum disease) which tends to become more common as we age.

The good news is, if dealt with early, gum disease is treatable and reversible!

Have you noticed:

  • Change in colour, swelling or pain in your gums
  • Consistent bleeding when brushing
  • Receding gum line
  • Sensitive teeth
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Teeth Sensitivity and Pain

Ouch! Do you have teeth that are particularly sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks? There are several causes for tooth sensitivity including decay, gum disease or a broken tooth. Don’t live with this pain unnecessarily, your dentist can help determine the cause of this sensitivity.

Aching or Sore Jaw Muscles

You may be grinding your teeth at night and not realise it – this is often referred to as TMJ. Left untreated TMJ can make it difficult to open your mouth and can also cause headaches and a clicking and popping sound in your jaws. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Teeth grinding is actually a relatively common issue and your dentist can provide you with treatment options.

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Bumps and Sores in your Mouth

While most bumps on the tongue, gums, checks and lips are harmless, in some rare cases it can also be a sign of oral cancer. If you have any sores that haven’t healed and are in the risk group (over 55 and / or smoker), please ask your dentist for an oral cancer screen.

Bad Breath

Dentists deal with bad breath every day, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed to raise this with them. Bad breath can be caused by a range of issues such as decay, dry mouth, gum disease, reflux and diet and lifestyle choices (such as smoking and alcohol intake). Your dentist will be able to help determine the cause and recommend a solution.

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Food Catching Between Teeth

This is a sign that you aren’t able to clean your teeth correctly and is a risk factor for tooth decay. Food can get stuck when your gum pulls away from the tooth, creating a space. There are several explanations for this happening such as a cavity, broken tooth, misalignment issue, or inconsistent spacing in your mouth.

Cracked, Broken and Old Fillings

When you have a tooth that isn’t causing pain it’s easy to ignore that it needs fixing or repairing; however, over time more prolonged issues can develop such as decay and infections. Most fillings have a lifespan of about 10 years and need to be replaced during their lifetime. Let your dentist know if you have any old fillings.

Preserving your natural teeth for a lifetime is our goal and by keeping vigilant with your oral health (by having regular check-ups), you have the best chance of keeping your natural teeth for life!

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