Toothache – if you experience any ache, and this can be your tooth, gum, jaw or mouth it could be the result of toothache. Tooth ache normally results from a cavity but can also be caused by gum disease. In some instances the ache can be from an abscess or from an impacted tooth. You should book an appointment as soon as possible with your dentist for an examination. If your pain is severe you should consider contacting the practice out of hours service, if your emergency occurs outside of normal practice hours. Your problem will need to be evaluated right away in order to determine the problem and to preserve your dental health.
Sensitivity – if your teeth are painful, especially when you drink hot or cold beverages you may be suffering from sensitive teeth. This can be caused by tooth decay, damaged teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, reduced enamel or tooth root exposure. Your treatment will depend on the cause or causes of your sensitivity. If you are experiencing sensitivity you should contact your dental clinic for an appointment as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. Your recommended dental office will be able to schedule an appointment. The right treatment will allow you to enjoy all your favourite meals and drinks without any sensitivity, and improve your dental health.
Bleeding gums – bleeding or soreness in the gums is a sign of gingivitis which is early onset gum disease. This level is reversible can be caused by brushing too hard or starting out with flossing which can initially cause bleeding. If you find your gums are bleeding regularly you should make an appointment with your dentist.
Mouth sores – mouth sores can be caused for a variety of reasons. Your dentist will be able to advise on the cause and treatment. Soreness can also be caused by braces or dentures or sharp tooth or filling.
Bad breath – this can be the result of a range of factors. This includes the food you eat and drinks you consume. It can also be caused by inadequate cleaning of the teeth, gums, mouth and tongue, dry mouth, smoking or other causes. Recurring bad breath can also indicate gum disease. If you brush 2 times per day and floss on a daily basis you will be reducing bad breath and improving the health of your gums. Tongue cleaners and scrapers can also be used to freshen your breath easily and quickly as bacteria stays on the tongue which can contribute to bad breath. If you are worried about bad breath, you can see your dentist and hygienist for individual advice and treatment.
Jaw pain and clicking – many aspects can cause jaw pain and clicking or popping, so diagnosis is sometimes not straight forward. Causes can include sinus problems, toothache, arthritis or an injury. Grinding of the teeth, gum disease or jaw issues like TMJ can also be problems. You should contact your dentist who will examine and diagnose the problem, X-rays may be taken for this purpose.
Dry mouth – if you experience a dry mouth it can be uncomfortable as it feels as though you are always thirsty. It could be caused by a range of issues and can also be a side effect of certain medications. Saliva is important in order to prevent tooth decay since it washes away food and debris, as well as neutralising acid produced by bacteria. Your dentist will be able to advise on the cause and remedy.
Cracked or broken teeth – a cracked or broken tooth can occur for a range of reasons. These include brittle teeth, grinding or injury. The crack may be clearly visible or small but can cause a lot of pain and lead to other larger problems if left untreated. If you are aware or can see any damage, or if you experience pain you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
Stained or discoloured teeth – teeth can easily become discoloured due to being stained or gradually changing colour. This can be due to consuming certain foods and drinks such as curry, tea, coffee, red wine. Staining can also be caused by smoking, aging, genetics or some medications. Many dental practices offer teeth whitening treatments and whitening toothpaste is also available.