What Are Your Teeth Telling You?

what are your teeth telling youHave you noticed a crooked tooth?  Or a pain in a tooth?  Or maybe sore gums?  You may be ignoring these small issues in your mouth, but you shouldn’t.  This is actually your mouths way of telling you that something could be wrong. So what are your teeth telling you? Here are some of the most common dental complaints and what they mean.

Sharp tooth pain – If you experience a sharp, sudden pain in your tooth while biting down, you may have a cavity or some form of tooth decay. When holes get deep in your tooth, it will cause sensitivity. If the pain occurs only once, it’s probably nothing to worry about. But if it is consistent, definitely see your dentist.

Achy tooth pain – An achy pain may be nothing if it is only lasting a day or two, but pain that lasts for more than a week could be a sign that you’re grinding or clenching teeth.

Yellow or stained teeth – Stained or yellow teeth are almost never a sign of serious dental concerns.  Stains usually develop from foods or drinks that you are eating or drinking. They can also become stained from tobacco use. Whitening toothpastes or products can help to get rid of the stains.

Loose or crooked teeth that weren’t there before – If your tooth feels loose or becomes crooked it may be the result of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can cause bone loss around your teeth and jaw. If you aren’t taking care of your teeth properly this can cause periodontal disease.

Bleeding gums or red, swollen gums – This can be caused by bacteria build up or it could be caused by a hormone change such as pregnancy.  If the symptoms go on after a day or two of diligent brushing and flossing then see your dentist.

Sores in the mouth – Painful sores in your mouth can often be the result of eating too much citrus, or spicy foods. Pains from these kinds of things should disappear within a few days. If the sores linger it could be a vitamin A deficiency.

Gum pain – If your gums hurt and are sensitive to cold air, or hot or cold liquids, it could be a cavity.  Or it could mean that your gums have receded and are exposing the roots of your teeth. Gum pain can be caused by many things.  If you have persistent gum pain, you should see your dentist.

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When Is A Toothache More Than A Toothache?

Another question answered by Dr. Lawrence Spindel, DDS, a dentist in New York City is: When is a toothache not a toothache?

Usually when you have a toothache it is, most likely, a tooth related problem. But, occasionally it could be some other problem that just presents itself as a toothache.  Some of the different problems that could cause tooth pain are sinus problems, TMJ problems, trigeminal neuralgia, oral herpes and shingles.

If your dentist does a thorough exam including x-rays and still cannot find any issues with your teeth, it is possible that you may have one of these other problems.  Your dentist may ask you to wait a week and see if the situation resolves or changes in any way.  If it is an actual dental infection this may also allow time for a more clear diagnosis because either the pain will be more localized or visual on an x ray.  It will also allow time for additional symptoms to develop if, in fact, it is some other kind of issue.happy-tooth

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